Musicological Programme 2017

The Bartók World Competition & Festival is accompanied by a musicological programme related to the main subject of the 2017 competition, “Bartók and the Violin”.

14–15 September 2017
Research Centre for the Humanities of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Bartók Hall of the Institute for Musicology

Detailed program of the Musicological Symposium is now available here.


Session 1 (morning) Thursday, 14 September 2017


9.45–10.00 Opening addresses


10.00–11.15 Keynote speech

David Cooper (Leeds University): Bartók, Biography and the Violin


11.30–13.00 Paper session, chair: David Cooper

Virág Büky (Budapest Bartók Archives): The Appearance of the ‘Ideal’ and other Topoi in Bartók’s Two Violin-Piano Sonatas

Sylveline Bourion (Université de Montréal): Bartók on the Violin: Integration and Transformation of Romanian and Hungarian Folk Music in His Two Violin Rhapsodies

Zsombor Németh (Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest): Imre Waldbauer and Béla Bartók


Session 2 (afternoon) Thursday, 14 September 2017


14.00–15.15 Keynote speech

Elliott Antokoletz (University of Texas, Austin): Tonality or Atonality in Bartók’s Sonata No. 2? From Folk Modalities to a Twelve-Tone Language


15.30–17.00 Paper session, chair: Elliott Antokoletz

Sarah Lucas (University of Iowa): Performance and Reception of Bartók’s Violin Music during His First Concert Tour of the United States (1927–1928)

Viola Biró (Budapest Bartók Archives): Bartók’s Violin Players from Maramureş

Yusuke Nakahara (Budapest Bartók Archives): A Triumph of Musical Order? Multiple Sources of Inspiration in “Prelude and Canon,” Forty-Four Duos, No. 37


Session 3 (morning) Friday, 15 September 2017


10.00–11.15 Keynote speech

Peter Laki (Bard College): The Decade of the Violin Concerto: New Music and the Performer in the 1930s


11.30–13.00 Paper session, chair: Peter Laki

István G. Németh (Institute for Musicology, Budapest): The Influence of Bartók’s Verbunkos-Based Violin Parts on the Work of Adrian Pop

Mohammad Moussa Khalaf (Bar-Ilan University, Israel): Bartók’s Violin: An Arab Musician Looks at the Western World


Session 4 (afternoon) Friday, 15 September 2017


14.00–15.15 Keynote speech

László Somfai (Budapest Bartók Archives): Bartók’s Violin and Piano Sonatas Nos. 1–2: Compositional Process


15.30–17.00 Violin Workshop

Joseph Puglia (Koninklijk Conservatorium, Den Haag): Workshop on Duos for Two Violins by Bartók and Berio