The most important class, however, for me and for hundreds of other Hungarian musicians, was the chamber-music class. From about the age of fourteen, and until graduation from the Academy, all instrumentalists except the heavy-brass players and percussionists had to participate in this course. Presiding over it for many years was the composer Leó Weiner, who thus exercised an enormous influence on three generations of Hungarian musicians.

Sir Georg Solti
Éva Szalai

2 October 2021, 19.00-21.00

Old Academy of Music, Chamber Hall

Chamber Music Recitals at the Old Academy of Music

Éva Szalai Presented by Liszt Academy

Händel: Suite in D minor, HWV 428
Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op. 40


Rameau: Suite in E minor
Debussy: Suite Bergamasque

Éva Szalai (piano)

Although dances have always been key forms of social interaction, in the Baroque era they acquired a very specific significance far exceeding their former interest and popularity. Despite being unable to pin down the specific moment of change in time, it can still be effectively captured in a symbolic picture: the social role of the culture of 17th century court dance was totally transformed when Louis XIV, who was still in his teens, took to the stage in a ballet performance wearing the golden, sunray costume of Apollo, the god of light, clarity of vision and the sublime arts. Thanks to the most excellent royal dancer, the Sun King (who also took his sobriquet from here), dance became the symbol of aristocratic self-representation and authority throughout Europe, and the spatial movement of fashionable choreographies imitated the shaped bushes and labyrinths, the winding flower beds and their golden ornamentation of order and beauty bending to royal rule. Suites comprising the most popular dances occupied an important place in the oeuvres of all composers from Froberger through Johann Sebastian Bach and Couperin to Rameau, and their successors, artists who lived at the turn of the 19th century, used them for nostalgic artistic games creating atmosphere.




Presented by

Liszt Academy Concert Centre


HUF 2 000

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