chapter  4
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Art-music infl uences on Bartók’s compositions

Discusses the importance of the folk modes for Bartók as a means of freeing his music from the functional confi nes of the traditional major-minor scale system. Points to the sources of his diverse modalities (including pentatonic, diatonic, and Arab-Persian constructions) in his early folksong investigations, and to the more abstract basis of the twelve-tone scale. Also, addresses the aesthetic role of the folk modes in his compositional contexts.