Béla Bartók in Boston - December, 1944

from Béla Bartók Letters, page 342:

The first performance of my orchestra work, written in Sept. 1943 for the Koussevistzky Foundation took place on Dec. 1.2. in Boston. We went there for the rehearsals and performances – after having obtained the grudgingly granted permission of my doctor for this trip. It was worth wile [sic], the performance was excellent. Koussevitzky is very enthusiastic about the piece, and says it is ‘the best orchestra piece of the last 25 years’ (including the works of his idol Shostakovich!). At least this in his personal opinion - - -.

cite as

Béla Bartók, and Demény, János (ed.), Béla Bartók Letters (London, 1971), p. 342. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1450125482506 accessed: 26 June, 2024

location of experience: Boston


Béla Bartók

Listening to

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Concerto for Orchestra
written by Béla Bartók

Experience Information

Date/Time December, 1944
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Letter from Béla Bartók to Wilhelmine Creel, New York, December 17, 1944.

Originally submitted by verafonte on Mon, 14 Dec 2015 20:38:02 +0000
Approved on Sat, 23 Apr 2016 20:41:06 +0100