Béla Bartók in Regensburg - 21 August, 1904

from Béla Bartók Letters, pages 41-42:

I am still under the spell of Parsifal as I write these lines. A very interesting work, though it did not make such a tremendous impression on me as Tristan. Anyone possessed of the slightest religious sentiment must be moved by the plot. I feel disturbed by that continual praying on the stage. Contrary to my expectations, I found many innovations in the music. It is amazing that a man of 70 could write anything so fresh as the flower-maidens’ love-song in the 2nd act – and this without being repetitious.


cite as

Béla Bartók, and Demény, János (ed.), Béla Bartók Letters (London, 1971), p. 41. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1449849385556 accessed: 6 December, 2023

location of experience: Regensburg


Béla Bartók

Listening to

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written by Richard Wagner

Experience Information

Date/Time 21 August, 1904
Medium live
Listening Environment indoors, in public


Letter from Béla Bartók to Kálmán Harsányi, Regensburg, August 21st, 1904. [Picture Postcard: The Wagner Theatre at Bayreuth]; [Picture Postcard; The New Royal Castle at Bayreuth].

Originally submitted by verafonte on Fri, 11 Dec 2015 15:56:26 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 14:31:45 +0100