It is arguably his first masterpiece as well, and depicts vividly the warring impulses and influences from this time in the composer’s life. 2 The cello mocks a popular Budapest song titled, in translation, “Just a Fair Girl.”. 8 0.0/10 10 The piece was premiered on 19 March 1910 in Budapest by the Waldbauer-Kerpely Quartet, two days after Bartók played the piano with them in a concert dedicated to the music of Zoltán Kodály. He wrote her long letters in which he railed against Roman Catholicism and the middle class; Catholic and middle-class herself, she may not have responded well to his point of view. *#517481 - 0.50MB, 12 pp. The work is in three movements, played without breaks between each: The work was at least in part inspired by Bartók's unrequited love for the violinist Stefi Geyer - in a letter to her, he called the first movement a "funeral dirge" and its opening notes trace a motif which first appeared in his Violin Concerto No. 0000026076 00000 n Bartók’s first movement recalls the bitter, dissatisfied longing of the title characters in Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde. 4 0.0/10 But Wagner is also in the mix. 0000003804 00000 n H��Vˎ�0��+Xip��6R�nf�M7�.h�� �@���{�tv4�G� ��˹�sρF�a�b%8�H�?n��|$��O��͇bfLL!�Cj�Ҵ]l#��dX2-���vjZ�BQ%�0(�e.���WM]��4��� 0000002590 00000 n 1 Analysis of Bartók String Quartet #5 Jeffrey C. Smith Music 301C with Eric Ulman What does it mean to be modern? The score is dated January 27 of that year. 1 DEFINITIONS Integer equivalent of pitch: Pitch is converted to integer equivalent by assigning 1 to the lowest pitch of the Cello (C2=1) and ascending chromatically in order. The dates of composition of the six String Quartets of Bartók are as follows: No. 0000002722 00000 n The third movement offers a simple example of this influence in the emphasis on five-note, “pentatonic” gestures. 14. 6 6 -  Site by Sonnet Media, 8 It is about the earnest, reticent masters. 31:06. In one of his letters, Bartók described the first movement of the quartet as funereal. György Kurtág completed Quartetto per archi opus 1 in 1959. Once this brief encounter has played itself out, we are ushered into the third movement proper. trailer 4 In his personal life, too, Bartók was experiencing upheaval. 0.0/10 Second Quartet resembles in certain respects the traditional sonata-movement; but it would be a mistake to label it, considering the analytical problem at an end.1 1 Halsey Stevens, The Life and Music of Béla Bartók (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996), 178. 0.0/10 6, 1939. 2 ���y&U��|ibG�x���V�&��ݫJ����ʬD�p=C�U9�ǥb�evy�G� �m& It is a magnificent fusion of these two styles, which influenced everyone, without exception. 6 D ~` v}�. But at the same time, we can feel that he is hooked. 17, 1914–17; No. Webern and Bartók left behind perhaps the most resonant and encompassing pre-War quartet legacies, and Kurtág picked up exactly where they left off with Quartetto per archi opus 1. We hear, too, the influence of the folk music that Bartók was beginning to catalogue: the two climactic passages of the movement, set in a broader tempo, feature a melody very much like the pentatonic Magyar folk songs he had collected that year. 4 0000005523 00000 n 10 10 0000013313 00000 n Other passages suggest the rhythmic flex, or rubato, of folk singing. 0.0/10 It is heard using the pitches D–F-sharp–A–C-sharp in his Violin Concerto of 1908. At the beginning of this period, he might fairly be described as a disciple and admirer of the German composer Richard Strauss.