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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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‘The time to rove has come’

‘The time to rove has come’


(p.167) Chapter Seven ‘The time to rove has come’
Béla Bartók

David Cooper

Yale University Press

This chapter examines Béla Bartók's musical activities during the years 1919–1925. In the turmoil following the Aster Revolution in Hungary, Ernő Dohnányi was appointed as director of the Academy of Music in February 1919. Bartók was seemingly considered for a similar role in the Budapest Opera but nothing had come of it, and he said he was looking forward to an appointment to the Museum of Ethnography. This chapter discusses Bartók's recitals and other performances during this period, along with his experimentation with chromaticism, dissonance, and metrical complexity. It also considers some of Bartók's compositions, including Eight Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, the First Sonata for violin and piano, and Village Scenes.

Keywords:   piano, Béla Bartók, Hungary, Ernő Dohnányi, Budapest Opera, recitals, chromaticism, dissonance, compositions

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