Bela Bartok, Arnold, Alison Stewart discussed on All Of It

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On fresh air. How extremist you social media to amplify their message, recruit, new, followers and incite violence. Terry gross talks, jam burger who has studied and written about ISIS and white nationalist movements in the US and abroad. Tune in today at two on ninety three point nine FM. Welcome back to all of it on WNYC. I'm Alison Stewart. It's Monday and on Mondays and the show we listened to classical music with the crave director at our sister station W cue that is news clemency Burton hill every week. She stops by the places plaza music and share some of the stories from her book year of wonder classical music to enjoy day by day clemmie. Hi, nice to see you. Nice to see you. You were going to kick us off. With Bela Bartok. Yes. On this day, the twenty fifth of March he was born in eighteen eighty one. So thinking about Bela Bartok and the incredible. I guess contribution that he made to musical history. He was very much steeped in music from the past. So the big giants whether it's Barco Beethoven Brahms, Strauss and ABC, but he was also really interested by what was happening in that moment in his own history. Which was the kind of breakdown of western tonality, so pay like you have with Cuba with people like. The Casio or modernism in literature people like James Joyce, not as Elliot you have these renegade Mavericks, come along and music, like Arnold shun bug, for example, and shake the tree really hard on what? Harmony even is. And why all we all like playing around in the same structures that people have been doing so forever. Why don't we just hit the whole thing on its head? So he has this interesting musical perspective of being able to see and incorporate the pause being very receptive to what's happening at that moment in the present. But then he also brings this. I would say very special source to proceedings, and he was obsessed with the folk music of his own native, Hungary, but also beyond so he collected and curated and arranged and analyzed by music from places like Turkey and Algieria the Carpathian basin. He was I think it was be described as an early pioneer in comparative Musicology. So the idea of thinking about the human beings who actually make this in the context in which they make it rather than just sort of coldly academically. Analyzing the music itself. So he's very interested in the people's and the culture and technology apology, essentially, I mean now he would call it ethnomusicology. But exactly that so real people really making the stuff in real time. And he was a great synthesizer vote of that. And I find that for his music has just kind of endlessly interesting. It's not all or it's not necessarily the easiest or most familiar musicals on well to get into. But then some of it feels like amazingly kind of. Yeah, I get this. This feels rooted in a sort of folk idiom is very much a familiar to people in wherever you come from. And the funny kind of way. So I love this piece particularly the backstory behind it. Because in the summer of nineteen o four it was a completely chance and serendipitous thing that happened to him which was he was on holiday, and he had a nanny singing some traditional Transylvanian songs to the children that she was looking off. And he was kind of so captivated by this. Melody, apparently, followed it and again made a sing. Again, tracked down and incorporate this, and I just love that this idea that this very elevated classical music comes from these real moments in life, and he himself said that peasant music, and the idiom of peasant music is elevated to the point where it's become his musical mother tongue. Great advocate for the idea that these musics that we might think of is somehow less important in the classical music or she often at all. So he was a great musical. Hey, rose. I felt we should place him botox on the twenty fifth of March. And this is from his Romanian folk dances. And it's such don's. It's based on a dance in which the don's is traditionally wet, very distinctive, colorful, sash or waistband. So while you're listening to this. You can picture some dancers. Learn is beautiful sashes. So happy birthday develop. Thank you. For.

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