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Repertoire Note

This is Bartók’s bold out-Straussing of its undisguised model, Ein Heldenleben – except that the Hungarians lose (hence, the Marcia funèbre at the end). Its skilful parody of the Austrian national hymn, Gott erhalte, caused some well-publicized dissension in the orchestra at its Budapest première in 1904. If you are thinking of programming a familiar Strauss tone poem, Kossuth is a ready alternative.

Note by Malcolm Gillies


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