Béni Egressy

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The native form of this personal name is Egressy Béni. This article uses the Western name order.
Béni Egressy

Béni Egressy (born Galambos Benjámin, 21 April 1814 - died in Sajókazinc, 17 July 1851) was a Hungarian composer, librettist, translator and actor. He created a number of popular melodic compositions, including the one to Mihaly Vorosmarty's patriotic poem Szózat.[1] He also authored texts to the opera Hunyadi László by Ferenc Erkel.

Biography[edit]

Egressy was born in 1814 in Sajókazinc, today a part of Kazincbarcika, Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County, Hungary, to a Protestant pastor.

He entered the stage in 1834, like his older brother Gábor Egressy, and in 1837 became a member of the national theatre in Prague. During the revolution of 1848, he took part in the fighting and became a member of the Hungarian Honvéd resistance. After the rebellion, he received amnesty and returned to the stage.

Works[edit]

Egressy was more notable for his acting rather than his compositions. Nevertheless, he composed music for "The Szózat", a famous poem by Hungarian poet Mihály Vörösmarty. The song later became the unofficial "second Hungarian national anthem", besides the Himnusz. His musical works are characterised by a wealth of melodies, having many of the attained great popularity in his homeland.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamilton, Kenneth (2005). The Cambridge companion to Liszt. Cambridge University Press. p. 107.