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Autograph letter to B. Schott's Söhne Musikverlag signed in full.
- Most probably unpublished. Not in the most comprehensive collection of Bartók's letters: Bartók Béla: Levelei, ed. János Demény (Budapest: Zenem kiadó, 1976).The publication by Schott that offended Bartók was volume 12 of Das Lied der Völker, an anthology of folksongs edited by Heinrich Möller (1876-1958). The volume, issued in 1929, reprinted two of Bartók's folksong arrangements without permission. In addition, Möller attacked Bartók’s scholarly work on the subject. As Schott was not bowing to Bartók’s pressure for satisfaction, Bartók took revenge and reviewed Möller’s publication in the Zeitschrift für Musikwissenschaft, August- September 1931, pp. 580-582. The review sparked a polemical exchange with Möller that lasted well into the following year. See "The Bartók-Möller Polemical Interchange," in Béla Bartók Studies in Ethnomusicology, ed. Benjamin Suchoff (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1996), pp. 142- 157. 1 page. Quarto (275 x 220 mm). Dated Budapest, June 20, 1930. In blue ink on stationery with watermark "Szenabella Stationer Szénásy Budapest." In German (with translation).Bartók is furious about a volume of Hungarian folksongs published by Schott. He has asked the publisher for "corrections," but Schott refuses to take action:"I am sorry to glean from your letter that you are not inclined to respond to my request (concerning Möller’s edition, 'Ungarische Volkslieder'). Because of this I am forced to attempt to realize the corrections I would like by resorting to other means."Annotations by the recipient in blue and green pencil. Slightly worn; creased at folds; small burnhole and trace of rusty paper clip to left margin; small edge tears.
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