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The String Quartets of Béla Bartók: Tradition and Legacy in Analytical Perspective

Dániel Péter Biró and Harald Krebs


Bartók’s six string quartets, generally acknowledged as being crowning achievements of twentieth-century chamber music, were influenced by a number of traditions: the European classical tradition (especially the music of Beethoven); late 19th-century music (especially the music of Strauss and Liszt); and the Eastern European folk traditions in which he became expert as he collected and recorded folk music. Many of the chapters of this book explore the role that these traditions played in Bartók’s six string quartets: in his approaches to form (often influenced by classical models, but with dis ... More

Keywords: string quartet, Béla Bartók, György Ligeti, György Kurtág, Ludwig van Beethoven, form, rhythm and meter, harmony, performance, performance practice, folk music

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199936182
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936182.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dániel Péter Biró, editor
University of Victoria

Harald Krebs, editor
University of Victoria

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Dániel Péter Biró and Harald KrebsUniversity of Victoria

2 Bartók and Traditional form Description

Jonathan W. BernardUniversity of Washington

5 Bartók's Grooves

John Roeder University of British Columbia School of Music

6 Between Sound and Structure

Daphne LeongUniversity of Colorado Boulder

11 How Barbaric Is Bartók's Forte?

Judit FrigyesiBar Ilan University

12 Bartók's Relics

Martin IddonUniversity of Leeds

13 Bartók's Quartets, Folk Music, and the Anxiety of Influence

Dániel Péter BiróUniversity of Victoria

14 Recycled Flowers

Friedemann SallisUniversity of Calgary

Epilogue: Bartók's Present

Dániel Péter BiróUniversity of VictoriaMartin IddonUniversity of Leeds