Budapest: Pesti Könyvnyomda-Részvény-Társaság, 1904.
Octavo. Half dark blue cloth with patterned paper boards. xxii, , 331,  pp. In Hungarian.
Publisher's handstamp to foot of title.
Binding slightly worn; paper title label to spine mostly lacking. Trimmed, with minor loss to marginalia; light uniform browning; a few scattered small stains; occasional annotations in pencil.
First Edition. OCLC 42856701. Scarce (one copy located in the U.S., at NYPL).
Molnár worked as an art and music critic while pursuing studies in musicology and theory, focusing on the national music of his country. He taught at various institutions in Budapest and published several studies, of which A magyar zene elmélete (1904) is the best known. Bartók took Molnár's class on Hungarian music, but would later criticize his teacher's work in his 1911 essay "A magyar zenéről" [On Hungarian Music].
"The most important aspect of Molnár's work ... is his well-nigh exhaustive treatment of Hungarian rhythm, which includes numerous tables demonstrating how complex patterns may be generated from and related to a few simple and commonly accepted Hungarian elements. Taken prescriptively, as it seems they were intended to be, Molnár's tables provide an impressively detailed method for ensuring the presence of a Hungarian essence in rhythms a good deal more complex and abstract than the style hongrois clichés on which they are based. In short, Molnár, like Bartók, was preoccupied with the question of how to elevate the Hungarian style without abandoning its national specificity." David Schneider in Bartók, Hungary, and the Renewal of Tradition, pp. 51-52.
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