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The Creative Process in Music from Mozart to Kurtág$
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William Kinderman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037160

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037160.001.0001

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Folklore Transformed in Bartók’s Dance Suite

Folklore Transformed in Bartók’s Dance Suite

(p.138) 5 Folklore Transformed in Bartók’s Dance Suite
The Creative Process in Music from Mozart to Kurtág

William Kinderman

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on Bartók's Dance Suite from 1923, a sometimes underestimated piece that displays a provocative relation to the political circumstances of its composition. Drawing from certain sources as well as an analysis of the work and its genesis, the chapter argues that the Dance Suite appears as an ambitious and original work, embodying what Bartók himself once described as an “Integritäts-Idee” (idea of integrity), a term alluding at once to a quality of unbroken wholeness and to a state of uprightness or unimpaired soundness. Moreover, this chapter contends that the Dance Suite shows a political attitude different from what had earlier been characteristic of Bartók.

Keywords:   Peter Bartók, Dance Suite, Integritäts-Idee, folklore, rural music, folk music

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