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Edward Gollin
Presidents and Trustees of Williams College (Williamstown, MA 01267-2600)
The Music of Béla Bartók and the Transformation of Tonality

I am writing for a fellowship to support research and the writing of a book titled “Béla Bartók and the Transformation of Tonality.” The project centers upon questions of how Bartók’s early-period mature works (music written ca. 1905–1920) interact with and are informed by the tonal tradition of the nineteenth century, exploring how the works--generally considered ‘post-tonal’ or ‘atonal’--represent extensions of that tonal tradition. The study will also address the larger issue of the relation between tonality, atonality and transitional music of the twentieth-century. The project will examine Bartók’s early music from analytical, historical, and cultural/ethnomusicological perspectives.

Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2006 – 6/30/2007