Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, England's Tenebrae Choir, the planned vocal ensemble for this joint Christmas organ concert with Gyula Szilágyi, is unfortunately unable to journey to Hungary. Compensating lovers of organ music instead as the Hungarian musician takes the console of Müpa Budapest's world-famous instrument will be a diverse programme rich in interesting bits of music history featuring countrymen of his - both vocalists and the trumpeter Tamás Pálfalvi. Their programme will take us from the 16th century to the 20th as we venture through many different lands: Germany, Spain, Portugal, Italy, France, England and Hungary.
Szilágyi's career so far convincingly exemplifies how precisely the word 'vocation' expresses the concept behind it: those whose task lies in a noble cause will eventually find themselves called to that activity - even if they had previously sought to make their livelihood in a different fashion. After being introduced to the mysteries of organ playing by Gábor Trajtler, the lecturer at the Institute of Music of the University of Nyíregyháza and organ professor at the Faculty of Music of the Uni...versity of Debrecen studied in the Faculty of Transportion Engineering at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Nevertheless, music would 'reconquer him for itself', as he puts it: abandoning his technical studies, he spent the period between the late '80s and the turn of the millennium studying organ, piano and church music at Amsterdam's Sweelinck Academy, before performing music in Portugal and Spain for many years. After gaining around a quarter of a century's worth of experience abroad, he returned home to Hungary for good in 2011. The programme for his Christmas concert also featuring Hungarian musician friends of his will include numerous rarities by such composers as Hyeronimus Praetorius, Aguilera de Heredia, Bonifazio Gratiani, Correa Braga, Eustache du Caurroy, Bach, J. L. Krebs, Charles-Marie Widor, Max Reger, Zoltán Gárdonyi, John Reager and István Koloss - naturally, all of it Christmas music.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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