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Jenö (Eugene) Zádor [1894-1977]
« on: August 22, 2016, 11:42:34 AM »
http://eugenezador.com/about/       <---  excellent bio



Hungarian composer who emmigrated to the U.S. at the age of 37.
The works that I have heard sound very "American" - a niche perhaps somewhere between Copland and Schuman?

selective works list from The New Grove:

Orchestral: Hungarian Caprice, 1935; Children's Sym., 1941; Biblical Triptych, 1943; Fugue Fantasia, 1958; The Remarkable Adventures of Henry Bold, nar, orch, 1963; Festival Ov., 1964; Variations on a Merry Theme, 1965; 5 Contrasts, 1965; Aria and Allegro, 1967; Trbn Conc., 1967; Music for Cl and Str, 1968; Cimb Conc., 1969; Studies, 1970; Db Conc., 1971; Accordion Conc., 1971; Duo Fantasy, 2 vc, str, hp, 1973; Suite, hn, str, perc, 1974; Hungarian Scherzo, 1975; Conc, ob, str, 1975
Choral: Cant. technica, 1961; Scherzo domestico, 1961; The Judgement (orat, P. Mahony), 1974; Cain (melodrama, Mahony, Hughes), Bar, orch, 1976

Chamber: Wind Qnt, 1972; Brass Qnt, 1973; Fantasy for Two Cellos

Opera: X-mal Rembrandt [Forever Rembrandt] (1, K. Pálffy-Waniek), 1930; Christopher Columbus (1, J. Mohácsi), New York, 1939; The Virgin and the Fawn (1, L. Zilahy), Los Angeles, 1964; The Magic Chair (1, G. Jellinek, after F. Karinthy), Baton Rouge, LA, 1966; The Scarlet Mill (2, Jellinek, after F. Molnár), New York, 1968; The Inspector General (3, Zador, after N. Gogol), Los Angeles, 1971; Yehu, a Christmas Legend (A. Együd, after Bible), Los Angeles, 1974
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Re: Jenö (Eugene) Zádor [1894-1977]
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2016, 11:48:06 AM »
   

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Re: Jenö (Eugene) Zádor [1894-1977]
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2016, 06:54:46 AM »
Fans of Malcolm Arnold, Aaron Copland, and the like should have no trouble enjoying Zádor's music.
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Re: Jenö (Eugene) Zádor [1894-1977]
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2016, 09:44:45 AM »
So there's no Hungarian residue in any of his music?
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Re: Jenö (Eugene) Zádor [1894-1977]
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2016, 10:13:13 PM »
So there's no Hungarian residue in any of his music?
The first Naxos release claims some of his pieces to be "overtly 'Hungarian' in style" and the cover certainly alludes to that:

… music is not only an 'entertainment’, nor a mere luxury, but a necessity of the spiritual if not of the physical life, an opening of those magic casements through which we can catch a glimpse of that country where ultimate reality will be found.    RVW, 1948

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Re: Jenö (Eugene) Zádor [1894-1977]
« Reply #8 on: August 24, 2016, 11:36:55 AM »
Not in the same way that Bartok or Kodaly or Dohnányi (and to the incorrect degree of Liszt) incorporated more nationalist elements.  I've not heard his chamber music, and the majority of his music remains unrecorded. He's not a major composer - just a good one that made fairly uplifting music.
The Germans, who make doctrines out of everything, deal with music learnedly; the Italians, being voluptuous, seek in it lively, though fleeting, sensations; the French, more vain than perceptive, manage to speak of it wittily; and the English pay for it . . . - Stendhal