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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 wreath is wound around me’

‘The wreath is wound around me’


(p.237) Chapter Nine ‘The wreath is wound around me’
Béla Bartók

David Cooper

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses Béla Bartók's concerts and other musical activities during the years 1929–1935. In January 1929, Bartók visited the Soviet Union for a solo concert tour that included Kharkov and Odessa in the Ukraine, and Leningrad and Moscow in Russia. Despite, or perhaps even partly because of, the difficulties he faced, which included errors in the organisation of the tour resulting in the cancellation of a concert in Kiev, Bartók seems to have enjoyed the experience overall. On his return from the Soviet Union he performed at the Musik Akademie Basel. He also visited Copenhagen and played his early Rhapsody at the Odd Fellow Palæet on Bredgade. This chapter examines Bartók's recitals and concert performances in Hungary and abroad as well as some of his compositions during the period, including the Twenty Hungarian Folk Songs for voice and piano, Cantata profana, and the Fifth String Quartet.

Keywords:   concerts, Béla Bartók, Soviet Union, recitals, Hungary, compositions, Twenty Hungarian Folk Songs, piano, Cantata profana, Fifth String Quartet

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