Terényi, Ede [Eduard]
- Laura Otilia Vasiliu
(b Tîrgu-Mureş, March 12, 1935). Romanian composer and musicologist of Hungarian descent. Covering a wide range of genres, his approximately 200 works stand out through their richness and originality of ideas, at the same time illustrating his assimilation of the main stages of the musical avant-garde, from serialism to graphic notation, from the synchretism of the new musical theatre to stylistic allusions to the past and to contemporary religious music. His musicological writings, focusing on the principles and techniques of modern harmony, have created a veritable school of analysis for Romanian and international musicians.
Terényi played the piano as a child and composed his first pieces when he was 12, under the influence of Béla Bartók’s music. He went to school at the Music Conservatory of Târgu-Mureş, where his harmony teacher Jósef Trózner laid the basis of his musical thinking. From 1952 to 1958 he studied composition at the ‘Gheorghe Dima’ Music Conservatory of Cluj-Napoca, focusing his analyses on the works of the great Hungarian composers Kodály and Bartók, as motivated by his professors Jodál Gábor and Jagamas János. He took part in the ...