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Author Cooper, David, 1956- author.

Title Bela Bartók / David Cooper.

Published New Haven Yale University Press, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  780.92 BART/COOP    AVAILABLE
Physical description xiv, 436 pages : illustrations, map, music ; 25 cm
Notes Formerly CIP. Uk.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 3 92-416) and index.
Contents List of Illustrations -- Preface -- 1. 'Sweet was my mother's milk': 1881-1902 -- 2. 'Now I came from the battlefield': 1903-1904 -- 3. 'Two roads are before me': 1905-1906 -- 4. 'Because my love has forsaken me': 1907-1909 -- 5. 'Crossing the borders of Transylvania': 1910-1913 -- 6. 'To plough in winter is hard work': 1914-1918 -- 7. 'The time to rove has come': 1919-1925 -- 8. 'The forest rustles, the fields rustle': 1925-1928 -- 9. 'The wreath is wound around me': 1929-1935 -- 10. 'Stars, stars, brightly shine': 1936-1938 -- 11. 'From here is seen the graveyard's border': 1939-1942 -- 12. 'I see the beautiful sky': 1942-1945 -- Postlude -- List of Works -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Summary This deeply researched biography of Bela Bartok (1881-1945) provides a more comprehensive view of the innovative Hungarian musician than ever before. David Cooper traces Bartok's international career as an ardent ethno-musicologist and composer, teacher, and pianist, while also providing a detailed discussion of most of his works. Further, the author explores how Europe's political and cultural tumult affected Bartok's work, travel, and reluctant emigration to the safety of America in his final years. Cooper illuminates Bartok's personal life and relationships, while also expanding what is known about the influence of other musicians-Richard Strauss, Zoltan Kodaly, and Yehudi Menuhin, among many others. The author also looks closely at some of the composer's actions and behaviors which may have been manifestations of Asperger syndrome. The book, in short, is a consummate biography of an internationally admired musician.
Subject Bartók, Béla, 1881-1945.
Composers -- Europe -- Biography.
Composers -- Hungary -- Biography.
ISBN 9780300148770 (cl : alk. paper)