2018.03.01 19.30

Grand Hall

Arany Songs

Arany Songs

Award Ceremony and Gala Concert of the János Arany Composers Competition – Selection of songs by Kodály and Ligeti composed to poems by János Arany

“The linkage of the oeuvres of Zoltán Kodály and János Arany verges on a cliché in specialist literature, [...] just as the statement that the composer was born in the year of the death of the poet, in 1882. The first reference was made by Kodály himself to the relationship of the artistic-human temperament, when he stated in a letter to his future wife Emma Gruber, in 1907, during his study tour in Berlin: ‘[…] János Arany (my doppelgänger and forward projected shadow, or I am his shadow – it’s all the same)’” wrote Mihály Ittzés, director of the Kodály Institute, in one of his papers on the parallels of the poet and the composer. At the same time, it is interesting that Kodály only set two Arany poems to music and other authors rarely came to the poems of the most famous figure of 19th century literature.. This is precisely why, on the occasion of the János Arany Memorial Year, the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music – with the support of the János Arany Memorial Year Committee – announced a competition for composers of new works of music utilizing the works of the poet and writer. The winning work and other placings are formally announced during this special concert.


János Arany: Thirsty Wood of the Violin
János Arany: Let's Take a Wee Bit of Booze
Bence Pataki (vocals), Emese Virág (piano)
Viktor Molnár: Red Rebecca
Ildikó Szakács (vocals), Péter Kiss (piano)
János Arany: The Village Fool
Mihály Mosonyi: I Lay Down the Lyre
Árpád Szendy: The Forsaken Abode
Béla Reinitz: King Mathias' Mother
Béla Reinitz: Bor the Valiant
Pála Kadosa: Tranquil Songs
Zoltán Kodály: Kata Kádár
Zoltán Kodály: Barcsai
György Ligeti: Five Arany Songs - I., II., V.
János Arany: Epilogue
Katalin Halmai, Judit Anna Kiss, Lóránt Najbauer, Szilvia Rálik, Tibor Szappanos (vocals), Péter Kiss (piano), Géza Hegedűs D. (prose)
Viktor Molnár: Red Rebecca
Ildikó Szakács (vocals), Péter Kiss (piano)
László Sáry: Old Gent with Tambura
Tímea Dragony: Dawning
Barna Szabó: Kintsugi
Katalin Halmai, György Philipp, Szilvia Rálik (vocals)
Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra (artistic director: Péter Tfirst)
Conductor: Gergely Madaras

Host: Ádám Bősze

Organizer: Liszt Academy Concert Centre, Petőfi Literary Museum

Tickets: Tickets: HUF 1 200