Bluebeard’s Castle [ A Kékszakállú herceg vára (‘Duke Bluebeard’s Castle’)]
- Paul Griffiths
Opera in one act, op.11, by Béla Bartók to a libretto by Béla Balázs after a fairy-tale by Charles Perrault; Budapest, Opera, 24 May 1918.
Balázs belonged to the same generation as Bartók and shared his determination to create an opera which was both Hungarian and modern. Thus where Bartók was influenced by the modality and rhythmic irregularity he found both in Transylvanian music and in Debussy, Balázs looked at once to folk ballads and to Maeterlinck. His immediate source was Maeterlinck’s ...