Yale University Press, 436 blz., gebonden, 2015, ISBN 9780300148770
Béla Bartók was without a doubt one of the most important composers of the twentieth century. Outside of his native country Hungary, there have been relatively few books devoted to his life and works. David Cooper's is a most welcome addition to the canon. The author justly concentrates on the music, introducing and analysing each and every composition, starting with the very early works. He also gives us the appropriate historical background that is absolutely necessary to comprehend the man and his music. Bartók's life is a rare example of artistic progress and uncompromising integrity. He is one of the giants in the history of music, a fact that this book will duly confirm.