Date of Award
Open Access Dissertation
School of Music
This document is an exploration of the Hungarian culture and history as it pertains to "SomorÃº nÃ³tak" of BartÃ³k's Twenty Hungarian Folksongs. The information presented will provide insight into the Magyar, Hungarian, outlook as well as relevant themes. As a performer, it is important to make these connections and apply them to the musical setting so that a genuine portrayal of the texts and their emotions is possible. Hungarian history, the folksong as it pertains to the Hungarians, and the process by which these songs were composed are discussed in order to establish their importance and background of the content. A brief analysis will also be provided of each song discussing the ways in which BartÃ³k expresses the Magyar sentiment through music in an effort to help the performer to better understand the piece.
Rawls, M. K.(2014). The Culture and History Surrounding “Szomorú nόták” of Béla Bartόk’s Twenty Hungarian Folksongs and Its Influence on Bartók’s Settings. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from http://scholarcommons.sc.edu/etd/2718