Bartók's Polemics and the Nineteenth-Century Hungarian Musical Inheritance
This chapter examines Béla Bartók's polemics relevant to nineteenth-century Hungarian musical inheritance. It discusses Bartók's synthesis of foreign and native traditions into a national style. It suggests that it was the gentry's popular musical culture that Bartók and his composer and folklorist friend Zoltán Kodály tried to write out of their musical heritage because they believed that that music was at once more artificial than the traditional music of the peasants, and less artful than art music.
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