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Béla Bartók$
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David Cooper

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300148770

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300148770.001.0001

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‘To plough in winter is hard work’

‘To plough in winter is hard work’


(p.131) Chapter Six ‘To plough in winter is hard work’
Béla Bartók

David Cooper

Yale University Press

This chapter focuses on Béla Bartók's musical activities between 1914 and 1918. It first examines Bartók's ballet The Wooden Prince, which was based in part on Béla Balázs's libretto, before turning to his interest in folk music. It then considers the impact of World War I on Bartók's public activity as a composer, pianist, and folk-music collector. It also discusses some of Bartók's compositions, including two sets of Romanian Christmas Carols, Romanian Folk Dances, and a three-movement Sonatina for piano; his self-imposed withdrawal from public life as a composer; the progress he made in terms of his composition and folk-song collection during the war years; and the recognition he received as one of Hungary's most important musicians.

Keywords:   ballet, Béla Bartók, compositions, The Wooden Prince, folk music, World War I, piano, Hungary, Romanian Christmas Carols, Romanian Folk Dances

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