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EMB Contemporary Music series

One of the most important tasks of our publishing house is the publication and promotion of works by contemporary, that is, 20th- and 21st-century Hungarian composers. This simply-presented, carefully edited contemporary music series serves this purpose by offering high-quality editions of the works of present-day composers from both the younger and the middle generation. The EMB Contemporary Music Series, re-started in the 1990s, has provided a forum for the publication of more than eighty present-day Hungarian compositions and is now the publishers’ most rapidly expanding series.
 

Balassa: Trumpet Concerto

Balogh: Young Wives' Song

The Young Wives' Song, written in 1925 by Attila Jozsef (1905-1937) is a poem I found accidentally in the summer of 2010. It struck me on reading it that it can have two different meanings: a…

Bella: Chuang Tzu's Dream - for violoncello solo and ensemble (2008)

Bella: Trance - for violin solo and ensemble (2013)

My composition Chang Tzu's Dream is a homage to the Chinese philosopher Chuang Tzu (4th century B.C.), who is one of the first important figures in Taoism. His work also influenced Chinese poetry and…
"Trance means an altered state of mind in which a person becomes capable of communicating with spirits by the means of a ritual. Echo like sounds have a significant role in the piece, they were…

Bozay: Quartetto per archi No. 3

Csapó: A Desert March...

'Bozay's new quartet is an imposingly splendid work. Its slow second movement reaches almost Bartókian depths. The final rondeau is of elemental force. Each movement is characterized by lucid…
A Desert March is a protest march and a requiem for European musical culture. This seemingly endless march carries with it subdued or disfigured Western art music quotations (Brahms, Schubert,…

Csapó: Embroidery Patterns on the Cracked Face of the Earth for two clarinets and bassoon

Csapó: Sideways Air on a Black Hole for Clarinet in Sib

Der Komponist schreibt über sein Werk: mein Stück: “Embroidery patterns on the cracked surface of the Earth„ kann man sich ungefähr so vorstellen: Zwei Klarinetten und ein Fagott “schreiben„ schön…
Detail aus einer Schrift des Komponisten: .Wie man in einem geneigten Kraftfeld nur seitwärts gehen kann, so beschwört der Petruschka-Harlequin meines Stückes Walzer-Fragmente oder Romeo et Juliette…

Csapó: Phrag Mental Friezes

Csapó: Sutraecitations

Sutracitations wurde für Singstimme, drei Klarinetten, Klavier mit Mikrofonen, Verstärker, Lautsprecherbox, zwei gestimmte Gläser und unidentifizierbare Geräuschquelle(n) komponiert. Das Klavier…

Csapó: Tundragobelin

Dargay: Albumblatt - 'Városligeti fasor 33.'

The title refers to image-patterns of summer flowers and vegetation of the Northern Canadian tundra when viewed from a low-flying aircraft. Some characteristic titles among the eleven movements…
Das Albumblatt - “Városligeti fasor 33„ bezieht sich auf den Titel eines nicht entstandenen Stückes, dessen Fertigstellung der Komponist mit seinem Kollegen, Balázs Futó noch während seiner Jahre an…

Dargay: First Words After The Last

Dinyés: Komment und Zauberflöte for mezzo-soprano, ad lib. flute, violin, violoncello and piano

Der Komponist schrieb sein Stück in einer Zeit, als er im 6. Semester an der Musikakademie studierte. Die Basis des Stückes ist eine Formel aus neun Tönen, die die Transformation eines Vornamen -…
“ Das Stück wurde für das Frühlingsfestival 2006 komponiert. Der Auftrag lautete, ich solle versuchen zu formulieren, was eine Mozart-Oper für unsere Zeit bedeutet. Eher als Transparent als ein…

Dinyés: Prose für Klavier

Dubrovay: Violin concerto No. 2 (2011)

“Es gibt eine Frau. Sie liebt mich.” Dieses Klavierstück inspirierten die formellen Lösungen des Buches Eine Frau von Péter Esterházy. Wie viele Fortsetzungen eines Satzes sind möglich? Wie viele…
The three movements reflect classical romantic concertos in not only their structure but also their character. The relations between soloist and orchestra echo the dramatic composition of traditional…

Dubrovay: Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra (2012)

Dubrovay: Fünf Klavierstücke

The concerto was inspired by István Várdai's play and is dedicated to him. The triple movement structure and the character of the movements follow the patterns of classical concertos, while the…
Das 1971 komponierte Werk entstand für professionelle Interpreten. Bei seiner Komposition wurde die post-Webernsche, freie Zwölftontechnik angewandt. Seine Klangwelt wird durch den Zusammenbau aller…

Eötvös: da capo (Mit Fragmenten aus W. A. Mozarts Fragmenten) (2014)

Futó: Just a song for male voice and piano

The meaning of "da capo" is to return to the beginning and start again. A musical process, which reaches somewhere but does not end, beginning again and again in a different way, from different basic…
Das Lied entstand 2003 nach der Zusammenarbeit mit Tom Bogdan. Die Widmung des Stückes ist an ihn und Meredith Monk gerichtet, in dessen Ensemble Bogdan regelmäßig auftritt sowie an den…

Futó: Müller-Schubert: Der Leiermann

Horváth: Alterego, Motorway Junction for saxophone quartet

Das Stück entstand 2003 im Auftrag des Budapester Frühlingsfestivals. Der Verlauf des Werkes folgt der eigenen Interpretationen des Gedichtsoriginales. Das ursprünglich finstere Ende erscheint in…
Both of the works by the young composer (*1976) that appear in this volume are dedicated to the Budapest Saxophone Quartet. Motorway Junction, written in 1996, was the composer's first work in this…

Horváth: and the ice is cracking around you, too

Horváth: Intermezzo

Der Titel und das musikalische Material des Stückes verweisen auf den Titel eines Klavierstückes des Komponisten und Pianisten Balázs Futó, sowie auf dessen musikalische Einfälle. Seiner Denkweise…
''Der Stoff der vier Stimmen des Stückes stammt aus den Klavierzyklen von Johannes Brahms. Die Übereinstimmung liegt in ihrer abwärts tendierenden Richtung, ihr Unterschied hingegen in abweichender…

Horváth: Quintet for three performers

Horváth: Poly

Das Werk wurde im Auftrag des Ensembles Trio D'Echo komponiert. Sein merkwürdiger Titel weist auf die Fünfstimmigkeit der Ecksätze hin, die dasselbe musikalische Material bearbeiten. Die…
Poly was written as a homage to György Ligeti and his music. Therefore the musical elements and the titles of the movements refer to those artistic, technical, scientific, acoustic creationsand…

Horváth: Symmetry-Asymmetry für Flöte, Viola und Harfe

Horváth: lines, words, letters... to poems by Parti Nagy for mezzo-soprano, violin and bassoon

The title of this piece by Balázs Horváth refers to the interdependence of the musical materials. The first movement explores a complex system of rhythms with different symmetrical and asymmetrical…
This composition written in 2002 has five movements (I: a sort of canon, II: interlude 1, III: (hexameter), IV: interlude 2, V: false copy ). Three of the songs composed to verses by Lajos Parti Nagy…

Jávori: Klezmer-Suite (1999)

Kocsár: Echoes No. 1

In the past decade the Budapest Klezmer Band and the Ferenc Liszt Chamber Orchestra have proved in their joint concerts that the melodic world of the instrumental music of the Ashkenazic Jews of…

Kocsár: Echoes No. 2

Kocsár: Echoes No. 3

Der namhafte ungarische Komponist Miklós Kocsár (geb. 1933) schrieb seine aus vier Stücken bestehende Echoes-Serie in den 1980er und 1990er Jahren. Jedes der vier Stücke für ein, zwei, drei und vier…

Kocsár: Echoes No. 4

Kocsár: Rapsodia per trombone, pianoforte e percussione

Der namhafte ungarische Komponist Miklós Kocsár (geb. 1933) schrieb seine aus vier Stücken bestehende Echoes-Serie in den 1980er und 1990er Jahren. Jedes der vier Stücke für ein, zwei, drei und vier…

Kocsár: Sonata per violino solo

Kocsár: Suite

(Hungaroton HCD 31784)

Kocsár: Varianti per violoncello solo

Kondor: Chanson d'Hastieres pour Soprano, cymbalum et cor

Ádám Kondor was born in Budapest in 1964. He completed his studies at the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music, and in 1994 gained his diploma in composition. His most influential teachers were Albert Simon…

Kondor: Douze coups

Kondor: Hälfte des Lebens - ein Ereignis -

Das Stück vereinigt musikalische Grundgesten in sich, wobei die zwölf Sätze - wenn auch ohne Anspruch auf Vollständigkeit - einen lockeren Zyklus bilden. Es handelt sich um kompositorische Etüden,…
Das kurze, metaphorische Stück greift jenen Moment auf, in dem man als Mensch einen resümierenden Blick auf die Vergangenheit wirft, endgültig Abschied nimmt von all dem, was bisher geschehen ist und…

Kondor: Joyance - for Saint Julius Hydrophilos for piccolo/flute, harp and string trio

Kondor: Old Bockhampton Tunes on poems by Thomas Hardy for female voice and violin

In this piece the musicians have not only instrumental but also acting roles. They have to walk about the performing area in accordance with a specific plan, while uttering words and sentences taken…
Ádám Kondor compiled this series from poems written by Thomas Hardy after the age of 70, when the poet was mourning the death of his wife. According to the composer, he was fascinated by the figure…

Kondor: Positions für Bariton und Klalrinette

Kondor: Schattenwelt, Schlachtfeld

Linked to expressive, passionate verses by Albert Ehrenstein (1886?1950) is a quiet meditation by an unknown 16th-century English poet on the relationship between music and the night. Two languages,…
The set of eight short duets entitled Schattenwelt, Schlachtfeld was composed in 1999 and was influenced by the extraordinary clarinet-playing of Barbaros Erköse (Istambul). Employing simple stage…

Kondor: Tayil for male voice (narrator) and eight instruments

Kondor: Variations of a Double

Die Komposition ist eine Paraphrase des Werkes Chi fa notte il giorno des zeitgenössischen italienischen Komponisten Luca Lombardi. Die Uraufführung fand am 1. Juni 2003. in derBudapester Kunsthalle…
Variations on a Double is a real musical leviathan: almost an hour long, it is a sound-monstrosity that makes exceptional demands of the performers, and is the product of an unusual degree of fusion…

Lendvay: Study

Madarász: Concerto F(L)A

Das von Eszter Lázár und dem Ungarischen Radio in Auftrag gegebene Stück wurde anlässlich des 50. Todestages von Béla Bartók komponiert. Uraufgeführt wurde es von János Fejérvári am 1. Oktober 1995…

Madarász: Hasidic Stroies

Madarász: Embroidered Sounds

Orbán: Sonata

Perényi: Introduzione e scherzo

The premiere of the chamber music work written at the end of 1987 was given in August 1989 in Manchester. With its fast-slow-fast sequence of movements and the manner of its formation this piece of…
One of the greatest contemporary cellists, Miklós Perényi (b. 1948), appears with great success as a soloist and chamber musician on concert stages across the world. In addition to giving concerts…

Petrovics: Rhapsody for Cello No. 2/a

Sári: An Echo

Sáry: A Continuity of rotative chords

Sáry: El viaje definitivo - The final journey to the poem by Juan Ramón Jiménez

The work (dating from 1992), similarly to the earlier composition entitled Journey to Ixtlan, was composed by Sáry to the poem 'El viaje definitivo' by the famous Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez,…

Sáry: Chamber Music for Optional Ensembles

Sáry: Magnificat

This collection is a sequel to the composer's earlier book entitled Creative Musical Exercises and is intended to help students and performers (of any level of musical ability) to accept the novel…
In this work written in 1982 with strict compositional techniques the melodic instrument plays the melodic inversions of the voice part. The fast, even movement is characteristic of both parts. The…

Sáry: Dance Music (1987-2000)

Sáry: Triptichon - in memoriam Ildikó Vékony (2011)

The work was composed in memory of the Hungarian cimbalom player Ildikó Vékony, who died in an accident in autumn 2009. It is based on an earlier piece for solo cimbalom Slow and Brisk (Sáry László:…

Sáry: Journey to Ixtlan to a fragment of the poem by Juan Ramón Jiménez

Serei: Album leaves and Interludes for piano

This composition for soprano and chamber ensemble was inspired by the incomparably beautiful poem El viaje definitivo by the Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for…
Der Klavierzyklus Albumblätter ist ein offenes Werk, wie ein fiktives Poesiealbum, welches ständig wächst und zwischen dessen Seiten die Person des Besitzers Verknüpfungen schafft. Die seit 1983…

Serei: Three chinese quatrains to poems by Li Tai-Po, in the Hungarian translation by Géza Képes

Serei: Letters from X - Fax from X - For 51 to LI

The work by Zsolt Serei entitled Three Chinese Quatrains, for soprano voice and piano, was composed in 1996?97 to verses by the 7th-century Chinese poet Li Tai-Po. The atmosphere of these songs,…
Letters from X was composed in 1981, Fax from X in 2003, and For 51 to LI in 2009. Not only the instruments but also the performers - all three works are dedicated to Zoltán Gyöngyössy and István…

Serei: L'ombre sur les structures pliées

Serei: Serenade for horn and chamber ensemble

The piece was written in honour of Pierre Boulez's 75th birthday. Besides the title, put together like a mosaic from three Pierre Boulez pieces entitled Dialogue de l'ombre double, Structures, and…
In view of its arrangement Serenade, written for horn and chamber orchestra of fourteen instruments, may be regarded as a chamber concert. The one-movement piece written on command of horn player…

Szőllősy: Addio per violino principale e 9 archi

Szőllősy: Passacaglia Achatio Máthé

The latest work by András Szőllősy, who celebrated his 80th birthday last year, was given its first performance in May 2002 by the Addio chamber orchestra, within the framework of the contemporary…
(Hungaroton HCD 31727)

Szőllősy: Sonata for Solo Violin (1947)

Tihanyi: Silence of the Winds

András Szőllősy (1921-2007) was one of the most significant Hungarian composers of the second half of the 20th century, yet his oeuvre has not become as well-known as that of György Ligeti, two years…
(Hungaroton HCD 31352)

Tihanyi: Schattenspiel

Tihanyi: In the Forests of the Night for 15 strings (2015)

(BMC CD 027)
The work was commissioned by the Budapest Strings and received its first performance on March 21, 2015, where it was conducted by the composer. It is not an orchestral piece per se, but a chamber…

Tihanyi: Frieze - for viola and ensemble (2015)

Tihanyi: Irrlichtspiel

The title of the work refers to the ornament-like musical motifs of the solo part. These open the piece and later, during the elaboration of the form, they provide for building blocks. The…
Three compositions which belong together were written by Tihanyi in 1991-1992: Winterszenen, Nachtszene (night Scene) and Irrlichtspiel (Will o? the wisp). The Irrlichtspiel composition for violin…

Tihanyi: Jan Jansson's trip from Denmark to Denmark

Tihanyi: Scene for Five Characters

The composer calls his Scene for Five Characters for brass quintet a mystery-play parody or a mystical comedy, enriched with theatrical components. The four ancient elements (fire, water, earth and…

Tihanyi: Two Imaginary Dialogues (2011)

Tihanyi: Linos for harp

The work (completed in December 2011) is commissioned by Vladimir Tarnopolski and his Ensemble Studio for New Music Moscow.

Composing this piece it made me meditate on my relationship to Russian…

Greek mythology seems spontaneously to have offered the figure of linos as the central character in a work for solo harp. (Linos was a poet, believed to be the brother of Orpheus, and according to…

Tihanyi: Eight Invocations to the Lunar Phases

Tihanyi: Preludium, Invocation, Postludium

Eight movements of differing character, which represent the various stages of a coherent astronomical and psychological process of the lunar phases. (Full moon, Waning gibbous moon, Last quarter…
The first and third movements are adapted from an earlier instrumental composition (Shadowplay), the second one originates from the Eight Invocations to the Lunar Phases. It was premiered on December…

Tihanyi: Rundherum for piano and string quartet

Tihanyi: Summer Music

The piece was composed in the spring of 2012, at the request of the Kempten International Chamber Music Festival. The title Rundherum refers to the staging of the piece and the movement of the…
(Hungaroton HCD 31792)

Vajda: Lightshadow-Trembling

Vajda: Leichte Sonatine

Gergely Vajda composed Lightshadow-trembling at the age of 20 in 1993. Being a clarinettist, he was interested in the possibilities of both traditional and modern ways of playing. Noise elements and…

Vajda: Sonata for Solo Viola

Vajda: Sonata for Solo Violoncello

A virtuoso concert piece originally composed for viola in 2004. (The version for violoncello was written in 2006, the second one for violin in 2010.) As in other works by János Vajda, in the…
A virtuoso concert piece, a transcription for violoncello of the Solo Sonata composed for viola in 2004. As in other works by János Vajda, in the well-proportioned structure of the solo sonata and in…

Vajda: Sonata for Solo Violin

Vidovszky: 12 Streichquartette

A virtuoso concert piece, a transcription for violin of the Solo Sonata composed for viola in 2004. As in other works by János Vajda, in the well-proportioned structure of the solo sonata and in its…

Vidovszky: German Dances

Vidovszky: Neun kleine Gratulationschorale für Kurtág

Vidovszky: Autres gymnopédies

Vidovszky: Reverb

''In this composition I was not searching for the conventional possibilities of the piano quintet, but for the acoustic distance between the two types of sound. The sounds of the piano are not meant…
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