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date: 13 July 2020

Seiber, Mátyás (György)locked

  • Hugh Wood
  • , revised by Mervyn Cooke



(b Budapest, May 4, 1905; d Kruger National Park, South Africa, Sept 24, 1960). British composer and teacher. Born into a musical family, he started to learn the cello at the age of ten, and from 1919 to 1924 studied at the Budapest Academy of Music with Adolf Shiffer (cello) and Kodály (composition). In 1925 Seiber entered a wind sextet (Serenade) for a Budapest competition: when it was not awarded the prize, Bartók resigned from the jury in protest. After completing his studies, Seiber accepted a teaching post in Frankfurt, then in 1927 joined a ship’s orchestra as cellist, visiting both North and South America. In 1928 Seiber was back in Frankfurt on the staff of the Hoch Conservatory, where his class in the theory and practice of jazz – the first of its kind anywhere in the world – achieved a succès de scandale. During these years he conducted at the theatres of the city, and was cellist of the Lenzewski Quartet. Seiber left Frankfurt in autumn ...

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