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date: 18 October 2019

Szervánszky, Endrelocked

  • F. András Wilheim

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(b Budatétény, Jan 1, 1911; d Budapest, June 25, 1977). Hungarian composer and teacher. He studied the clarinet at the Budapest Academy of Music (1922–7) and then played in various orchestras before returning to the academy for composition studies with Siklós (1931–6). Until 1941 he worked as an orchestrator for Hungarian Radio and as a theory teacher in music schools. He then taught at the secondary music school in Budapest (1941–8) and was in 1948 appointed professor of composition at the Budapest Academy.

Szervánszky first came to public attention with the First String Quartet (1936–8), but he did not follow up this achievement with anything of similar importance until after World War II, when he produced a group of works influenced by Kodály and Bartók. But the works of this period (c1945–53) are not merely imitative: they include some of the best examples of Hungarian music of the time, such as the Clarinet Serenade (...

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