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date: 16 January 2021

Kacsoh, Pongráclocked

  • Andrew Lamb


(b Budapest, Dec 15, 1873; d Budapest, Dec 16, 1923). Hungarian composer, teacher and writer on music. He studied the piano and flute at the University of Kolozsvár (now Cluj-Napoca) and theory with Ödön Farkas; he also organized a student orchestra. From 1892 to 1896 he studied physics, and he taught mathematics and physics in Budapest before turning to composition and criticism. As a contributor to the journal Zenevilág he was among the first to recognize Bartók’s talent. The popularity of some songs and the musical play Csipkerózsa led to a commission for the operetta János vitéz (1904), which provided a welcome antidote to the Viennese works then in vogue and has remained the most popular Hungarian national operetta. It was followed by Rákóczi (1906), Mary-Ann (1908) and incidental music for Molnár’s Liliom (1909). After a period in Kecskemét, Kacsoh returned to Budapest in ...

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