David Cooper is professor of music and technology, and dean of the Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications, University of Leeds. His publications include Bela Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra. The author lives in Liversedge, UK.
"David Cooper offers a rounded, all-encompassing portrait of the
man and the musician in this authoritative
'Bela Bartok was without a doubt one of the most important composers of the twentieth century. Outside of his native country Hungary, there have been relatively few books devoted to his life and works. David Cooper's comprehensive study of Bartok?'s ?oeuvre is a most welcome addition to the canon. Cooper justly concentrates on the music, introducing and analysing each and every composition, starting with the very early works. He also provides the appropriate historical background that is absolutely necessary to comprehend the man and his music. Bartok's life is a rare example of artistic progress and of uncompromising integrity. He is one of the giants in the history of music, a fact that this book will duly confirm.' - Sir Andras Schiff
'Cooper's book combines biography with musical analysis, which is illuminating... He calls on an unprecedented range of sources, and new details emerge'-Ivan Hewett, the Daily Telegraph. -- Ivan Hewett * The Daily Telegraph *
"Musicians and scholars will want to devour this new contribution to Bartok research."-Library Journal * Library Journal *
"As a work of scholarship, Cooper's biography is excellent: exhaustive, detailed, informed by a deep and nuanced understanding of Bartok's music."-Sudip Bose, The Washington Post -- Sudip Bose * The Washington Post *
"Cooper is to be applauded for balancing the many facets of Bartok's life to give us a well-rounded account."-George B. Stauffer, The Weekly Standard -- George B. Stauffer * The Weekly Standard *