Béla Bartók in Italy : the politics of myth-making /

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The Boydell Press,, Woodbridge, Suffolk, United Kingdom ; Rochester, NY, United States, p.xiv, 302 pages : (2021)

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(OCoLC)fst00810329, (OCoLC)fst01199907, (OCoLC)fst01353986, 20e siècle., 20th century., Anti-fascist movements, Anti-fascist movements., Antifascisme, Fascism and music, Fascism and music., Fascisme et musique, fast, Histoire, History, Italie, Italie., Italy, Italy., Political and social views.


Includes bibliographical references (pages [233]-254) and index.Introduction -- 1. Bartók in liberal Italy, 1911-1925 -- 2. Heroism and silence: Bartók in Mussolini's Italy, 1925-1938 -- 3. Resistance and dictatorship, 1939-1942 -- 4. Resistance and democracy, 1943-1947 -- 5. Bartók's legacy in a divided world, 1948-1956 -- 6. Bartók's influence on Italian composers -- Conclusion: Bartók and the memory of the twentieth century.This book examines the reputation of the Hungarian composer Béla Bartók (1881-1945) as an antifascist hero and beacon of freedom. Following Bartók's reception in Italy from the early twentieth century, through Mussolini's fascist regime, and into the early Cold War, Palazzetti explores the connexions between music, politics and diplomacy. The wider context of this study also offers glimpses into broader themes such as fascist cultural policies, cultural resistance, and the ambivalent political usage of modernist music--back cover.