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What Makes Hungarian Music Hungarian?
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A lecture by Michael Walsh, author and music critic on the music of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály.
On June 12, 2018 the Danube Institute Presents
Michael Walsh, author, screenwriter, music critic and commentator to deliver a lecture entitled,
“What Makes Hungarian Music ‘Hungarian’?
What makes Hungarian music "Hungarian"? Composers such as Bartók and Kodály were a major force in the development of 20th-century music. Using major works by Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály, including the opera Bluebeard's Castle and the Sonata for Solo Cello, music critic Michael Walsh illustrates the distinctive qualities of melody, rhythm, and sonority that distinguishes their music -- and why it still has a hold on our imaginations today.
Michael Walsh is a journalist, author, and screenwriter. He was for 16 years the music critic and foreign correspondent for Time Magazine. His works include the novels As Time Goes By, And All the Saints (winner, 2004 American Book Award for fiction), as well as the recent nonfiction bestseller, The Devil’s Pleasure Palace and its sequel, The Fiery Angel.
Walsh is also the author of Who's Afraid of Classical Music and Who's Afraid of Opera, and Andrew Lloyd Webber: His Life and Works, a critical biography of the composer. With fellow TIME Contributor Richard Schickel, he is the co-author of Carnegie Hall: The First One Hundred Years, a cultural history of the great American concert hall. His most recent book about music is So When Does the Fat Lady Sing?
In 2015, he held a lecture on Horowitz in Moscow at the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy.
DATE: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
TIME: Registration: 13:45
Program begins at 14:00 and ends promptly at 15:45
PLACE: Institute for Musicology (Zenetudományi Intézet), Táncsics M. u 7, 1014 Budapest


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