B bábi, Tibor

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Bozay, Attila (Balatonfűzfő, 11 August 1939 - Budapest, 14 September 1999) – Composer, zither and recorder artist. He studied at the Békéstarhos College of Music and at Ferenc (Franz) Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest where he studied composition with Ferenc (Francis) Farkas. He taught harmony at Szeged Conservatory of Music and worked for the Hungarian Radio as music editor. In 1967, he went to Paris on a six-month UNESCO scholarship. From 1979 until his death he taught at the Academy of Music, Budapest. Upon his return to Hungary, he concentrated on composition, used the method of dodecaphony (twelve-note composition). He was Director of the National Philharmonic Society (Nemzeti Filharmónia) (1990 -1993). He was one of the founding members of the Hungarian Academy of Art (Magyar Művészeti Akadémia) (1992); Presidium Member of the Art of Music Society (Magyar Zeneművészeti Társaság); and Vice- President, later President of the Hungarian Chamber of Music (Magyar Zenei Kamara) (1991-1996). He has composed mostly instrumental works in the 12-note style. His String Quartet No. 1 brought him international attention when it was performed at the International Rostrum of Composers in 1967 at the UNESCO's headquarters in Paris. Bozay's work contains some elements of Hungarian peasant music, including folk rhythms and strophic folk songs. His works include the operas Csongor and Tünde, and The Tragedy of Man (lyrics from the last five scenes of I. Madách’s work); the one based on Hamlet was produced in Budapest in 1984. His other works include Pezzo Sinfonico No. 1, 2, 3; Pezzo Concertato No. 1, 2, 3; chamber music and solo works, e.g. Piano Sonata (Zongoraszonáta) i, ii; Sonata for violin and piano; Sonata for cello and piano (Gordonka-zongora szonáta); Wind Quintet (Fúvósötös); Strin Qquartets i, ii, iii; Song cycles for choir and religious songs, and pedagogical works. He was a recording artist. Among his distinctions are the Ferenc Erkel Prize (1968, 1979), the Bartók-Pásztor Prize (1988), the Kossuth Prize (1990), the Pro Art Prize (1992), and the Posthumous Opera Prize (2000). – B: 1031, T: 7103.→Farkas, Ferenc.

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