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The starting point is the concept of Bartók's 'So-Called-Bulgarian Rhythm' as it appears in György Kurtág's The sayings of Péter Bornemisza. This rhythmic type has been identified in Kurtág's The sayings by two commentators and also by Kurtág himself while sketching for the work. It appears here as a unifying structural element within movements as well as across the cycle as a whole. It is juxtaposed with descriptions of fear, death and pastoral reawakening in the text, in transformations of varying musical significance (once in combination with an allusion to Penderecki's Threnody). The type's interaction with the body in the text of The sayings invites a reading drawing on the bodily engagement with music that Bartók advocated after his contact with peasant music in general, but with particular reference to 'So-Called-Bulgarian Rhythm'.

Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae
Language English
French
German
Year of
Foundation
1961
Publication
Programme
changed title
Founder Magyar Tudományos Akadémia  
Founder's
Address
H-1051 Budapest, Hungary, Széchenyi István tér 9.
Publisher Akadémiai Kiadó
Publisher's
Address
H-1117 Budapest, Hungary 1516 Budapest, PO Box 245.
Responsible
Publisher
Chief Executive Officer, Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN 0039-3266 (Print)
ISSN 1588-2888 (Online)