- Melinda Berlász
(b Budapest, Nov 15, 1878; d Budapest, Oct 27, 1943). Hungarian composer, critic and administrator. In accordance with his parents' wishes he studied law in Kolozsvár and Budapest, taking his diploma in 1907. He never attended a music college, though he took piano lessons with Ödön Farkas in Kolozsvár and was a composition pupil of A. Siklós in Budapest. His careers as critic and composer began almost simultaneously: in 1908 he published his first criticism in the Budapest newspaper Népszava, and his first compositions were settings of Endre Ady's Vér és arany (‘Blood and Gold’), published in the same year. He worked for Népszava until 1914 and then for Világ (1917–19) and he was one of the first to recognize the value of the work of Bartók and Kodály. Nonetheless, his most important contribution was his own songs: he worked almost exclusively in that genre, producing more than 500. His songs were first heard at literary gatherings in cafés during the period ...