András Szőllősy and the Town of the “First Third” Cover Image

Szőllősy András és az „első harmad” városa
András Szőllősy and the Town of the “First Third”

Author(s): Bálint Horváth
Subject(s): Music
Published by: Erdélyi Múzeum-Egyesület
Keywords: tradition; counterpoint; Bach; neoclassicism;

Summary/Abstract: The great Hungarian composer and musicologist of the second half of the twentieth century, András Szőllősy talked in details about his Transylvanian roots on several occasions. His childhood years were spent in Szászváros (Orăștie), a small Saxon town with strong Western influences. The relatively open cultural life and democratic atmosphere of Kolozsvár (Cluj-Napoca) between the two World Wars, and especially the personalities of his teachers at the Calvinist College had a lifelong impact on his upbringing. He also started his music education in Kolozsvár, and there were his first articles published, and this was also the place where he laid the foundations of his vast knowledge in music and literature. Thanks to the local music historian and amateur violinist, István Lakatos, he became acquainted with the newest composition techniques (New Viennese School) at an early age. Szőllősy left his homeland at the age of 18: he wanted to become a student of Zoltán Kodály at the Music Academy in Budapest. Besides relating information about Transyvlania in András Szőllősy’s interviews and various other sources, our paper presents the way his first inspiration, the Transylvanian tradition is reflected in the composer’s oeuvre.

  • Issue Year: 2020
  • Issue No: VII
  • Page Range: 209-217
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Hungarian