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date: 15 September 2019

Kistétényi (Kaindl), Melindalocked

  • Rita Kaizinger

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(b Budapest, July 25, 1926; d Budapest, Oct 20, 1999). Hungarian composer , organ player, and chorus master. She studied at the Budapest Academy of Music (1946–53) with Jenő Ádám, Lajos Bárdos (church music), János Ferencsik, András Kórodi, László Somogyi (conducting), János Viski (composition), and Sebestyén Pécsi (organ). In 1949 she obtained her diploma as a chorus master and started her career as assistant choirmaster with the National Trade Unions Choir (1952–4) and the Choir of the Hungarian Home Office (1954–6). Later on she worked as deputy choirmaster for the Central Choir of the Hungarian State Railways, MÁV (1958–63). Between 1955 and 1989 she was professor of music theory at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, and from 1959 she gave regularly organ recitals in Hungary and abroad. Kistétényi excelled especially in improvisation: Igor Stravinsky compared her extraordinary musical talent to Kodály and Bartók after listening to one of her recordings in the sixties. As a teacher she was one of the most prominent Hungarian followers of Kodály’s method and she wrote poetic texts to his series of ...

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