Emil Haraszti

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Emil Haraszti (1885 - 1958) was a Hungarian born French music critic and author. He was a director of the National Conservatory of Music in Budapest and was a scholar at the University of Budapest but lived much of his life in France and publishing in French.

In 1910, at the age of 25, he published a paper on Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, entitled, Chopin és George Sand. Later, in 1956, he would publish another work on Chopin, L'élément latin dans l'oeuvre de Chopin.[1]

In the summer of 1936, Haraszti published a two-part essay on Franz Liszt, entitled Liszt á Paris in the publication La Revue Musicale. In 1937 he published Deux Franciscians: Adam et Franz Liszt and in December of that year published La Probleme Liszt. The essay, which is a deep exploration of the musicality of Liszt, established Haraszti as one of the foremost Liszt scholars of his generation.[2]

Haraszti famously criticized composer Béla Bartók for lacking interest in Hungarian music, describing him as "becoming an apostle of Czech, Romanian and Slovak music".[3] He authored a book on Bartók, Béla Bartók: His Life and Works, published in 1938.[4] He also authored a book which has been published in French, La Musique hongroise, meaning, "Hungarian Music".[5]

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