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Music Divided: Bartok's Legacy in Cold War Culture

Danielle Fosler-Lussier

Abstract

This book explores how political pressures affected musical life on both sides of the iron curtain during the early years of the cold war. It 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, Béla Bartók. The author shows how a tense period of political transition plagued Bartók's music and imperiled those who took a stand on its aesthetic value in the emerging socialist state. Her investigation of Bartók's reception outside of Hun ... More

Keywords: musical style, Pierre Boulez, Hermann Scherchen, Theodor Adorno, Bruno Maderna, Karlheinz Stockhausen, András Mihály, Ferenc Szabó, Endre Szervánszky, radio propaganda

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780520249653
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520249653.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Danielle Fosler-Lussier, author