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Redefining Hungarian Music from Liszt to Bartók

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Some of the most popular works of nineteenth-century music were labeled either "Hungarian" or "Gypsy" in style, including many of the best-known and least-respected of Liszt's compositions. In the early twentieth century, Béla Bartók and his colleagues questioned not only the Hungarianness but also the good taste of that style. Bartók argued that it should be discarded in favor of a national style based in the "genuine" folk music of the ruralpeasantry. Between the heyday of the nineteenth-century Hungarian-Gypsy style and its replacement by a new paradigm of "authentic" national style was a vigorous decades-long debate-one little known inside or outside Hungary-over what it meant to be Hungarian, European, and modern. Redefining Hungarian Music from Liszt to Bartók traces the historical process that defined the conventions of Hungarian-Gypsy style. Author Lynn M. Hooker frames her study around the 1911 celebration of Liszt's centennial. In so doing, she analyzes Liszt's problematic role as a Hungarian-born composer and leader of Hungarian art music who spent most of his life outside of Hungary and questioned whether Hungary's national music was more the creation of Hungarians or Roma (Gypsies).The themes of race and nation that emerge in the discussion of Liszt are further developed in an analysis of discourse on Hungarian national music throughout the Hungarian press in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Showing how the "discovery" of "genuine" folk music by Bartók and Kodály, oftendepicted as a purely "scientific" matter, responds directly to concerns raised by earlier writers about the "problem of Hungarian music," Hooker argues that the innovations of Bartók and Kodály and their circle are not so much in correcting a flawed concept of the national as in using the idea of national authenticity to open up freedom for composers to explore more stylistic options, including the exploration of modernist musical language. Meticulously researched and elegantlywritten, Redefining Hungarian Music from Liszt to Bartók is essential reading for musicologists, musicians, and concertgoers alike.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780199739592
ISBN-10: 0199739595
Pagini: 320
Ilustrații: 6 halftones, 36 music examples, 8 tables
Dimensiuni: 162 x 241 x 29 mm
Greutate: 0.59 kg
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP USA
Locul publicării: New York, United States

Recenzii

Succeeds brilliantly in illuminating some vexing matters in a critical period of Hungarian musical history.
Hooker's control of scholarly and primary sources is exemplary, as is her critical analysis ... In Lynn Hooker's able hands we see how the musicological discourse on the nature of national style both clarifies an important period of Hungarian music history and affected its course.

Notă biografică

Lynn M. Hooker serves as Associate Professor of Hungarian Studies at Indiana University, where she is also affiliated faculty in Musicology and Ethnomusicology. She received her PhD in the History and Theory of Music from the University of Chicago. She lives in Bloomington with her husband and two children.