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Bartók, Hungary, and the Renewal of TraditionCase Studies in the Intersection of Modernity and Nationality$
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David Schneider

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520245037

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520245037.001.0001

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The Rhapsody for Violin No. 1, the Politics of Folk-Music Research, and the Artifice of Authenticity

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Bartók, Hungary, and the Renewal of Tradition

David E. Schneider

University of California Press

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.

Keywords:   Béla Bartók, peasant music, First Rhapsody, artistic expression, compositions

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