- Márta Papp
(b Kaposvár, Feb 6, 1925; d Budapest, Jan 31, 1993). Hungarian musicologist. He studied the piano at the Liszt Academy, Budapest (1945–9). He was appointed director of the Szomrbathely Music School (1949) and the Győr Conservatory (1954) as well as professor at the Szeged Conservatory (1957); he also lectured on musical analysis at the Liszt Academy (1954–6 and from 1973). After serving as a music producer for Hungarian radio (1960–65) he concentrated on music research.
Lendvai was an outstanding Bartók scholar who through his radical methods and searching analyses transformed the previously accepted view of Bartók’s style. His writings show a preoccupation with melodic, harmonic and formal structure and describe the synthesizing character of Bartók’s music, in which the traditions of European art music and eastern folk music are assimilated. Defining the proportions of its construction, he based his analysis on the golden section, the proportionate relationship found in natural objects and used particularly in classical architecture. Lendvai’s first papers (in ...