The Rhapsody for Violin No. 1, the Politics of Folk-Music Research, and the Artifice of Authenticity
This chapter discusses the influence of peasant music in Béla Bartók's compositions, particularly his First Rhapsody for violin and piano. It explains that by studying peasant music Bartók sought purity, a place free of the corruption of modern life in which aesthetic discussions often replaced artistic expression. He believed that the study of peasant music and peasant life created a vision that lent him strength to withstand the political storms that surrounded his work.
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