Bartók in the Desert: Challenges to a European Conducting Research in North Africa in the Early Twentieth Century

Riggs, Kristy K.
March 2007
Musical Quarterly;Spring2007, Vol. 90 Issue 1, p72
Academic Journal
The article discusses topics related to the travels and studies of Béla Bartók in Eastern Europe and in Arab world. It states that Bartók is most often viewed as a composer whose music derived many of its feature from his study of Eastern European folk elements. He is also a composer who has a longtime fascination with the music of the Arab world. Accordingly, most beneficial of his studies are the primary sources he writes by himself and his letter to various authorities, family members, and friends reveals many of his reasons for visiting North Africa, as well as his thoughts and findings during his trips.


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