chapter  5
12 Pages

Discussions dealing with the state of Bartók research or performance

Discusses the sharp contrasts in Bartók’s living environment in Budapest and how this is symbolic of Bartók himself as not one man but two: the adventurous self and the one with an enthusiasm for the simple songs of the people. The author discusses Bartók’s personality based on his personal contact with the composer, who told him about his work and his plans. Also, reveals Bartók’s views on the music of Stravinsky and Schoenberg and provides an account of Bartók’s ethnomusicological research, including Bartók’s call for making a distinction between Gypsy and Hungarian folk music.