Béla Bartók in Zúrich - February, 1911

from Béla Bartók Letters, pages 110-111:

But it’s all over and done with now, so I can write to let you know what it was that moved me most in the Mass. It was ‘Der alte Mittag’ and ‘O Mensch, gibe acht’. I wonder if you feel the same about it. Both parts, in their simplicity and poetry, are deeply affecting. Then we were very interested in the wordless choruses. We had never heard anything like that before. I think you are the first to have attempted such a thing. I believe this field offers many possibilities- quite remarkable effects could be obtained.

cite as

Béla Bartók, and Demény, János (ed.), Béla Bartók Letters (London, 1971), p. 110. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1450107526002 accessed: 23 May, 2022

location of experience: Zúrich


Béla Bartók

Listening to

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written by Delius

Experience Information

Date/Time February, 1911
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Letter from Béla Bartók to Frederick Delius, Budapest, Teréz-körút 17. IV. 23, March 27th [1911].

Originally submitted by verafonte on Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:38:46 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 20:24:36 +0100