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Szerző/Author: David Michael Hertz (Indiana University, Bloomington)
E-mail: hertzd@indiana.edu
Rövid életrajz/Bio: David M. Hertz, Professor and Chair, Department of Comparative Literature, Indiana University. His recent book, Eugenio Montale, The Fascist Storm and the Jewish Sunflower, is an extensive study of the Clizia myth in the works of Montale, who is arguably the greatest modern Italian poet, and the biographical and historical context connected to the development of Montale’s myth.  His earlier books include Frank Lloyd Wright in Word and FormAngels of Reality: Emersonian Unfoldings in Frank Lloyd Wright, Wallace Stevens and Charles Ives; and The Tuning of the Word: the Musico-literary Poetics of Symbolist Movement.  Hertz has written on modern poetry, music, drama, and architectural history. A composer and pianist, Hertz is the co-founder of the Center for Comparative Arts at Indiana University.  He has received grants from the Mellon and Graham foundations and is listed in Who's Who Among College Teachers. He earned B.A. (comparative literature), B.S. (music), and M.A. (comparative literature) degrees at Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from New York University. For almost thirteen years, he has served as a member of the National Council on the Humanities of the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, DC.
How to cite: Theatron Vol. 15, No. 4. (2021): 62–68.
Cím/Title (ENG): The Great Béla Bartók: An International and Interdisciplinary Perspective

A 21st century review of Béla Bartók’s cultural position in the early twentieth century from an interdisciplinary point of view, first beginning with Bartók’s early musical training, then his theatre works, which involved the collaborations of such figures as Béla Balázs and Melchior Lendyl. Bartok’s familiarity with their thinking documents the impact of international Symbolist and Art Nouveau culture in his own formation, as well as the common interest in the folkloric elements incorporated by Bartók and others in this era. Also, Bartók’s achievement will be considered in relation to other significant composers on the international scene in the first half of the twentieth century, including figures such as Igor Stravinsky, Charles Ives, and Arnold Schoenberg. With special mention of Mihály Szegedy-Maszák’s writings on Béla Bartók, including his “Bartók’s Place in Cultural History.”