Erzsébet Szőnyi

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Erzsébet Szőnyi, also Erzsébet Szilágyi, (born 25 April 1924 in Budapest) is a Hungarian composer and music teacher. Her works encompass symphonic compositions, chamber music works, art songs, and oratorios. She has also written numerous stage works including eight operas.[1]


Biography[edit]

Erzsébet Szőnyi studied composition and piano at l'Université de musique Franz-Liszt in Budapest with János Viski. She received a secondary school music teaching diploma. In Paris, she attended courses by Tony Aubin and Olivier Messiaen at the Conservatoire de Paris, obtained a prize for composition, and worked in private with Nadia Boulanger in 1947 and 1948. She was also a pupil of Zoltán Kodály, with whom she worked in close collaboration. Later, she taught at l'École Franz Liszt, providing classes in musical education and directing choirs. From 1964 onwards, Erzsébet was a member directing the International Society for Music Education (ISME). She was vice-president of ISME from 1970 to 1974.[2]


Prizes[edit]

  • 1947 : Liszt-Preis
  • 1959 : Prix Erkel (Erkel Ferenc-díj)
  • 1995 and 2004 : Bartók-Pásztory-Preis (Bartók Béla-Pásztory Ditta-díj)
  • 2001 : Kodály-Preis 2001.
  • 2003 : Prix Kossuth

Szőnyi has an honorary doctorate from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Since 1992 she is a member of the Széchenyi Academy of Arts ("Széchenyi Irodalmi és Művészeti Akadémia").

Principal works[edit]

Piano :

  • Little Chamber Music, for piano 4 mains (1950)
  • La Princesse récalcitrante, suite for piano (1956)
  • Toccatina, for piano (1965)

Organ :

  • 6 pieces (1957)
  • Concerto for organ (1958)
  • Introduction, passacaille and fugue (1964)
  • 5 Preludes (1965)

Chamber music :

  • Serenade and danse, for violin and piano (1954)
  • Sonatine, for violin and piano (1965)
  • Duo, for violin and alto (1955)

Orchestral :

  • Parlando and giusto (1947)
  • Divertimento (1951)
  • Intermezzo (1955)
  • Musica festiva, suite (1965)

Vocal music :

  • Songs, choral works, and oratorios

Operas[1]

  • Dalma (1952)
  • A makrancos királylány (1955)
  • Firenzei tragédie (1957)
  • Az aranyszárnyú méhecske (1974)
  • A Gay Lament (1979)
  • The Truth-telling Shepherd (1979)
  • Break of Transmission (1980)
  • Elfrida (1985)

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