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Author Fosler-Lussier, Danielle, 1969-

Title Music divided : Bartók's legacy in cold war culture / Danielle Fosler-Lussier.

Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2007]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  780.92 BART/ FOSL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xx, 229 pages : illustrations, music ; 24 cm.
Series California studies in 20th-century music ; 7.
California studies in 20th-century music ; 7.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-219) and index.
Contents 1. Bartok's concerto for orchestra and the demise of Hungary's "Third Road" -- 2. A compromised composer : Bartok's music and Western Europe's fresh start -- 3. "Bartok is ours" : the Voice of America and Hungarian control over Bartok's legacy -- 4. Bartok and his publics : defining the "modern classic" -- 5. Beyond the folk song; or, what was Hungarian socialist realist music? -- 6. The "Bartok question" and the politics of dissent : the case of Andras Mihaly -- Epilogue East : Bartok's difficult truths and the Hungarian revolution of 1956 -- Epilogue West : Bartok's legacy and George Rochberg's postmodernity -- App. 1. Compositions by Bartok broadcast on Hungarian radio, 18 September to 1 October 1950.
Summary "Music Divided explores how political pressures affected musical life on both sides of the iron curtain during the early years of the cold war. In this groundbreaking study, Danielle Fosler-Lussier illuminates the pervasive political anxieties of the day through particular attention to artistic, music-theoretical, and propagandistic responses to the music of Hungary's most renowned twentieth-century composer, Bela Bartok. She shows how a tense period of political transition plagued Bartok's music and imperiled those who took a stand on its aesthetic value in the emerging socialist state. Her fascinating investigation of Bartok's reception outside of Hungary demonstrates that Western composers, too, formulated their ideas about musical style under the influence of ever-escalating cold war tensions."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Bartók, Béla, 1881-1945 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Music -- Political aspects -- Hungary -- History -- 20th century.
Music -- Political aspects -- History -- 20th century.
Music -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
ISBN 9780520249653 (alk. paper)
0520249658 (alk. paper)