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The Stage Works of Béla Bartók - English National Opera Guide 44

The Stage Works of Béla Bartók - English National Opera Guide 44 $22.99

Béla Bartók

Published by John Calder Publications

English National Opera Guides are ideal companions to the opera, providing stimulating introductory articles together with the complete text of each opera in English and the original

The product of Hungary's political ferment at the start of the twentieth century, Béla Bartók's works combine determination to participate in Western art movements coupled with an enthusiasm for the folk traditions of a disappearing world

In this introduction to Bartók's stage works, Julian Grant describes the score for Duke Bluebeard's Castle, a symbolist version of the Bluebeard myth

Included in this volume are also his ballet scenarios, and discussions of the choreographic potential and musical qualities of the scores

Ferenc Bónis indicates the appeal for Bartók of the natural world, against the cataclysm of the First World War

Together, these works give an insight into issues of sexuality, humanity and creativity.

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