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11-16-2020

Bartok in Memoriam

V. Pluma Ensemble. In 1940, as a result of World War II, one of Europe's greatest composers and music technologists chose to flee to the United States.

His anti-fascist views did not align with the rule of his motherland, Hungary, a country that was otherwise incredibly close to him. The man was Bela Bartok, and emigration to the United States was the start of the biggest downturn of his life. He did not feel at home, and therefore had difficulty composing - and his other production did not arouse the same enthusiasm as it did in Europe. At the same time, Bartok was struggling with declining health, but it was not until 1944 that doctors found the diagnosis, which became the ultimate verdict: the opponent was none other than leukemia. About a year later, Bartok passed away, and at his funeral only 10 people attended. The loneliness in the United States he never got rid of - but not so he did with the fame in Europe. 43 years after Bartok's death, his motherland asked Hungary to hand over his remains. This they got, and again Bartok was honored at a major state funeral in 1988.

 

22 November from 13.30-15.00

Price: Free of charge

Location: Dokk1/Aarhus Hovedbibliotek, Hack Kampmanns Plads 2, 8000 Aarhus C

Phone: +45 89 40 92 00 

Mail: dokk1-hovedbiblioteket@aarhus.dk

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