B?la Bart?k (Hardback)David Cooper (author)
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This deeply researched biography of Bela Bartok (1881-1945) provides a more comprehensive view of the innovative Hungarian musician than ever before. David Cooper traces Bartok's international career as an ardent ethno-musicologist and composer, teacher, and pianist, while also providing a detailed discussion of most of his works. Further, the author explores how Europe's political and cultural tumult affected Bartok's work, travel, and reluctant emigration to the safety of America in his final years.
Cooper illuminates Bartok's personal life and relationships, while also expanding what is known about the influence of other musicians-Richard Strauss, Zoltan Kodaly, and Yehudi Menuhin, among many others. The author also looks closely at some of the composer's actions and behaviors which may have been manifestations of Asperger syndrome. The book, in short, is a consummate biography of an internationally admired musician.
Publisher: Yale University Press
Number of pages: 456
Weight: 882 g
Dimensions: 240 x 164 x 42 mm
'Bela Bartok was without a doubt one of the most important composers of the twentieth century. Outside of his native country Hungary, there have been relatively few books devoted to his life and works. David Cooper's comprehensive study of Bartok?'s ?oeuvre is a most welcome addition to the canon. Cooper justly concentrates on the music, introducing and analysing each and every composition, starting with the very early works. He also provides the appropriate historical background that is absolutely necessary to comprehend the man and his music. Bartok's life is a rare example of artistic progress and of uncompromising integrity. He is one of the giants in the history of music, a fact that this book will duly confirm.' - Sir Andras Schiff
'Cooper's book combines biography with musical analysis, which is illuminating... He calls on an unprecedented range of sources, and new details emerge'-Ivan Hewett, the Daily Telegraph. -- Ivan Hewett * The Daily Telegraph *
"Musicians and scholars will want to devour this new contribution to Bartok research."-Library Journal * Library Journal *
"As a work of scholarship, Cooper's biography is excellent: exhaustive, detailed, informed by a deep and nuanced understanding of Bartok's music."-Sudip Bose, The Washington Post -- Sudip Bose * The Washington Post *
"Cooper is to be applauded for balancing the many facets of Bartok's life to give us a well-rounded account."-George B. Stauffer, The Weekly Standard -- George B. Stauffer * The Weekly Standard *
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