The definitive account of the life and music of Hungary's greatest twentieth-century composer
This deeply researched biography of B la Bart k (1881-1945) provides a more comprehensive view of the innovative Hungarian musician than ever before. David Cooper traces Bart k's international career as an ardent ethno-musicologist and composer, teacher, and pianist, while also providing a detailed discussion of most of his works. Further, the author explores how Europe's political and cultural tumult affected Bart k's work, travel, and reluctant emigration to the safety of America in his final years.
Cooper illuminates Bart k's personal life and relationships, while also expanding what is known about the influence of other musicians--Richard Strauss, Zolt n Kod ly, and Yehudi Menuhin, among many others. The author also looks closely at some of the composer's actions and behaviors which may have been manifestations of Asperger syndrome. The book, in short, is a consummate biography of an internationally admired musician.
David Cooper is professor of music and technology, and dean of the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications, University of Leeds. His publications include B la Bart k: Concerto for Orchestra. The author lives in Liversedge, UK.