Ödön Mihalovich

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Ödön (Edmund) Péter József de Mihalovich (September 13, 1842 in Fericsánci, Slavonia – April 22, 1929 in Budapest)[1] was a Hungarian composer and music educator.

Mihalovich first studied in Pest with Mihály Mosonyi; in 1865 he moved to Leipzig, studying there with Moritz Hauptmann, and in 1866 he completed his studies in Munich with Peter Cornelius. Mihalovich then moved back to Pest; in 1872, he became president of the city's Wagner Society, and in 1887 he followed Franz Liszt as the head of the Budapest Academy of Music, a position he held up to his death.

He was also, according to a contemporary source [2][3] a pupil of Hans von Bülow.

While Mihalovich's works are thoroughly Wagnerian in style, he was supportive of Hungarian nationalism and encouraged composers such as Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály.

A symphony in D minor was published by Breitkopf & Härtel in 1883.[4]


Note:this list is incomplete.

  • Hagbart und Signe (1867-1881), prémieres: Dresden, 1882 by Franz Wüllner; Budapest, 1886 by Sándor Erkel.
  • Wieland der Schmied (1876–78, unperformed)
  • Eliane (1885–87), prémieres: Budapest, 1908 by István Kerner; Vienna 1909 by Karl Gille.
  • Toldi (The Knight Toldi) (1888-1891), prémiere: Budapest, 1893 by Anton Resnicek.
  • Toldi's Love (Toldi szerelme - the second version of Toldi with new 2nd finale and 3rd act), prémiere: Budapest, 1895 by Arthur Nikisch.

Fragments and planned operas:

  • König Fjalar (1877-1884, 3 versions, destroyed)
  • Faust (?, only two scenes are written)
  • Tihanyi visszhang (The Echo of Tihany /Hungarian fairy-tale/, after 1895, only two scenes are written.)
  • No. 1 in D minor (1879), prémiere: Budapest,1885.
  • No. 2 in B minor (1892), prémiere: Budapest, 1893.
  • No. 3 in A minor, 'Patethique'(sic) (In memoriam Elisabeth, Empress of Austria and Queen consort of Hungary, 1900), prémiere: Budapest, 1901.
  • No. 4 in C minor (1902), prémiere: Budapest, 1903.
Symphonic Ballads
  • The Ghost ship (Rémhajó/Der Geisterschiff), prémiere: Budapest, 1871; Cassel, 1872.
  • The Mermaid (Sellő/Die Nixe), prémiere: Budapest, 1875; Wiesbaden, 1878.
  • Hero and Leander (Heró és Leander/ Hero und Leander), prémiere: Budapest, 1879.
  • Funeral music for Ferenc Deák (Gyászhangok nagyzenekarra/ Trauerklänge), prémiere: Budapest, 1876.
  • La Ronde du Sabbat (Boszorkányszombat), prémiere: Budapest, 1879.
  • Faust Phantasy (Faust-ábránd / Eine Faust-Phantasie), prémiere: Leipzig, 1883; Budapest 1896.
  • Pan's death (Pán halála / Pan's Tod), prémiere: Budapest, 1898; Berlin, 1902.
Other works
  • Choral works
  • Chamber music

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Musiklexikon Online: Biography Entry identifying Ödön Mihalovich with E. von Mihalovich". Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  2. ^ Ebel, Otto (1895). Handbook of music: containing biographical notices of about 1700 prominent composers and over 3000 musical terms at Google Books, page 130. Published by Arthur P. Schmidt, 1895.
  3. ^ This claim is backed up by Meyers Konversations-Lexikon: eine Eycyklopädie des allgemeinen Wissens, Volume 17, 1890, which adds that Mihalovich spent 3 years in Munich studying with Bülow after his time with Hauptmann; and at least one other source
  4. ^ Sonneck, Oscar George Theodore: Orchestral Music (Class M1000-1268) Catalogue: Scores in the Library of Congress at Google Books, page 582. "OCLC link to Worldcat Information for Ödön (Edmund) Péter József von Mihalovich's D minor symphony". Breitkopf & Härtel. 1883. Retrieved 2008-06-10. 
  • Don Randel, Harvard Biographical Dictionary of Music. Harvard, 1996, p. 588.