Csáth, Géza [Brenner, József]
- Agnes Gádor
(b Szabadka [now Subotica, Serbia], Feb 13, 1887; d nr Szabadka, Sept 11, 1919). Hungarian music critic. In 1901 he started writing music criticism for the Bácskai Hírlap newspaper. After failing the entrance exam for the Budapest Music Academy, he enrolled in the medical faculty. In 1906 he became music critic of the Budapest Napló and the journal Nyugat regularly published his lectures and reviews from 1908 onwards. He also made a few attempts at composition: songs, pieces for piano and violin, as well as incidental music for his own play, Hamvazószerda ‘Ash Wednesday’. He was among the first to recognize the importance of Bartók and Kodály, and his study of Puccini (1909) and article on Wagner (both in Zeneszerző portrék, 1911) were highly influential. Csáth's main work was as a neurologist. From 1914 to 1915 he worked as an army doctor on the Serbian and Russian fronts, and later in Budapest. He was relieved of his military duties in ...