Interpreting Bartok: a Creative Process

Tricia Bogdan, Portland State University

An undergraduate honors thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in University Honors and Music Performance


This paper attempts to provide an approach to interpreting classical music with performance as the main focus. The purpose is to create the most authentic performance possible, as the composer intended the piece to be performed. This paper uses historical context as one aspect to approach interpreting Bartók's viola concerto to create an authentic performance.