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Sibelius, Bartók, and the “Anxiety of Influence” in Post World War II Finnish Music

1. In his memoirs, Yehudi Menuhin tells about a meeting with Sibelius in the early 1950s. They were discussing music, and suddenly Sibelius asked him who, in his opinion, was the greatest composer of the twentieth century. Thus challenged by … Continue reading

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Béla Bartók: String Quartet no. 2 (1915–1917)

“I have even had time – and the ability – to compose a bit; it seems as if the muses are not silent even during a modern war,” wrote Bartók in 1915 to his friend János Busitia. The Second String … Continue reading

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