László Zempléni's Early Hungarian Dances, a four-movement composition written for children's string orchestra and percussion instrument, is a treatment of characteristically Hungarian 18th century dance tunes, while Zoltán Kodály's Psalmus Hungaricus is an outstanding example of the 20th century oratorio literature. Composed for solo tenor, chorus and orchestra to text by Mihály Kecskeméti Vég, the work is a "prayer against false brothers, taking solace in God”. In his five-movement orchestral work Dances of Galánta, however, Kodály brought his childhood memories to life with the songs and dances of the Gypsy "primás” violinist Mihók from the town of Galánta (Galanta) - embedded in the melodic and rhythmic style of 19th century verbunkos music. The Zugló Philharmonic premièred László Dubrovay's ballet Faust, the Damned to great acclaim in 2016, with Kálmán Záborszky conducting. Four excerpts from the suite created from the work will be heard: Prelude and Faust; Mephistopheles's dance; Margaret and Faust in love; Tavern scene.
Sponsored by: Hungarian Academy of Arts
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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