Music Divided: Bartók’s Legacy in Cold War Culture

Music Divided explores how political pressures affected musical life on both sides of the iron curtain during the early years of the cold war In this groundbreaking study, Danielle Fosler Lussier illuminates the pervasive political anxieties of the day through particular attention to artistic, music theoretical, and propagandistic responses to the music of Hungary s mostMusic Divided explores how political pressures affected musical life on both sides of the iron curtain during the early years of the cold war In this groundbreaking study, Danielle Fosler Lussier 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, B la Bart k She shows how a tense period of political transition plagued Bart k s music and imperiled those who took a stand on its aesthetic value in the emerging socialist state Her fascinating investigation of Bart k s reception outside of Hungary demonstrates that Western composers, too, formulated their ideas about musical style under the influence of ever escalating cold war tensions.Music Divided surveys Bart k s role in provoking negative reactions to accessible music from Pierre Boulez, Hermann Scherchen, and Theodor Adorno It considers Bart k s influence on the youthful compositions and thinking of Bruno Maderna and Karlheinz Stockhausen, and it outlines Bart k s legacy in the music of the Hungarian composers Andr s Mih ly, Ferenc Szab , and Endre Szerv nszky These details reveal the impact of local and international politics on the selection of music for concert and radio programs, on composers choices about musical style, on government radio propaganda about music, on the development of socialist realism, and on the use of modernism as an instrument of political action.
Music Divided Bart k s Legacy in Cold War Culture Music Divided explores how political pressures affected musical life on both sides of the iron curtain during the early years of the cold war In this groundbreaking study Danielle Fosler Lussier illu

  • Title: Music Divided: Bartók’s Legacy in Cold War Culture
  • Author: Danielle Fosler-Lussier
  • ISBN: 9780520249653
  • Page: 337
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. While Béla Bartók died in some level of ignominy and poverty in exile in the USA in 1945, he had nonetheless become established as a great European composer even during his lifetime, with posthumous performances of the Concerto for Orchestra and Piano Concerto No.3 only cementing that reputation. However, the immediate postwar era saw two new trends in classical music on both sides of the Cold War divide, and this book by Danielle Fosler-Lussier deals with Bartók’s legacy in East and West.I [...]

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