Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


School of Music


Music Performance

First Advisor

Tina Stallard


This document is an exploration of the Hungarian culture and history as it pertains to "Somorú nótak" of Bartók'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 Bartók expresses the Magyar sentiment through music in an effort to help the performer to better understand the piece.


© 2014, Mary Katherine Rawls

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