Liszt's Transcultural Modernism and the Hungarian-Gypsy Tradition

Liszt's Transcultural Modernism and the Hungarian-Gypsy Tradition

by Shay Loya


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Some of Franz Liszt's most renowned pieces — most famously his Hungarian Rhapsodies — are written in a nineteenth-century Hungarian style known as verbunkos. Closely associated with the virtuosic playing tradition of the Hungarian-Gypsy band, the meaning and uses of this style in Liszt's music have been widely taken for granted and presented as straightforward. Taking a novel transcultural approach to nineteenth-century modernism, Shay Loya presents a series of critiques and sensitive music analyses that demonstrate how the verbunkos idiom, rich and artful in itself, interacted in myriad ways with Liszt's multiple cultural identities, compositional techniques, and modernist aesthetics. Even supposedly familiar works such as the Rhapsodies emerge in a new light, and more startlingly, we find out how the idiom inhabits and shapes works that bear no outward marks of nationality or ethnicity. Particularly surprising is its role in the famously enigmatic compositions of Liszt's old age, such as Nuages gris and Bagatelle sans tonalité. We are pleased to announce that Liszt's Transcultural Modernism and the Hungarian-Gypsy Tradition is one of two winners of the 2014 Alan Walker Book Award, given by the American Liszt Society. Shay Loya is a Lecturer at City University London and is a board member of the Society for Music Analysis (UK).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580463232
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 12/01/2011
Series: Eastman Studies in Music Series , #87
Pages: 362
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Notes to the Reader xv

Abbreviations xix

Introduction 1

1 Transcultural Modernism 17

2 Verbunkos 58

3 Identity, Nationalism, and Modernism 86

4 Modernism and Authenticity 118

5 Listening to Transcultural Tonal Practices 154

6 The Verbunkos Idiom in the Music of the Future 191

7 Idiomatic Lateness 225

Notes 253

Bibliography 313

Index 331

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