- Ferenc László
(b Cluj [now Cluj-Napoca], Dec 8, 1934). Romanian-Hungarian ethnomusicologist. He studied music education and choir direction under János Jagamas, Ferenc Major and István Nagy at the Cluj Academy of Music (1951–6). He joined the Folklore Archives of the Romanian Academy of Sciences (1957), initially as an assistant researcher, becoming researcher (1960) and senior researcher (1970). He took the doctorate in 1989 at the Academy of Music under Romeo Ghircoiaşiu, with a dissertation on the early stages of Hungarian folk music research in Transylvania. Almási has collected more than 6000 folksongs and instrumental melodies from 130 Transylvanian villages. He is chiefly interested in the classification and systematization of folk melodies, the methodology of field investigation, inter-ethnic musical relations, and the history of folklore research. He has compiled folk music programmes for Radio Cluj and Radio Budapest. He is a member of the editorial board of the journals ...