Iván Erőd

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Iván Erőd
Born (1936-01-02) 2 January 1936 (age 82)
EducationFranz Liszt Academy of Music
  • Composer
  • Pianist
  • Academic teacher

Iván Erőd, also Iván Eröd (Hungarian: Erőd Iván; born 2 January 1936, Budapest) is a Hungarian-Austrian composer and pianist.


Erőd studied at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music with Pál Kadosa (piano) and Ferenc Szabó (composition). He emigrated to Austria in 1956 and studied there at the Vienna Music Academy, with Richard Hauser (piano) and Karl Schiske (composition).[1][2] He took several summer classes at the Darmstädter Ferienkurse, studying with Eduard Steuermann and Luigi Nono.[3] In 1960 he launched a career as a pianist.[citation needed]

From 1962-68 he was solo répétiteur at the Wiener Staatsoper and the Wiener Festwochen. From 1967 to 1989 he taught music theory and composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts, Graz, and later taught at the Vienna Music Academy.[1]

His students have included Rudolf Hinterdorfer, Georg Friedrich Haas, Michele Trenti and Gerhard Präsent. From 2004-09 he was a teacher at Franz Liszt Academy of Music. Since 2009 he is a member of the Széchenyi Academy of Fine Arts (Széchenyi Irodalmi és Művészeti Akadémia).[citation needed]

Non-musical life[edit]

Erőd's brother and grandparents were murdered at Auschwitz in 1944. He also fled Hungary after the events of 1956. He married in 1969 and has five children. His son, Adrian, is an opera singer at the Wiener Staatsoper. After the fall of Communism he purchased a farmhouse in Hungary.[citation needed]


Stylistically, Erőd's music was initially influenced by Hungarians such as Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály. Before his emigration and during his studies in Vienna, he was interested in the dodecaphony of the "Second Viennese School" and serialism. His wind trio, op. 4 (1957, revised 1987), and his Ricercare ed Aria, op. 11 for wind quartet (1965) are based on twelve-tone scales, also his first opera, Das Mädchen, der Matrose und der Student (The Girl, the Sailor and the Student, 1960). He composed his second opera Die Seidenraupen (The Silkworms) from 1964-68, when it was successfully premiered during the Wiener Festwochen at the Theater an der Wien with singers Jeannette Pilou and Oskar Czerwenka.[4]

The composer describes that the work is based on three scales, for the three main characters, which are derived from each other and sometimes combined in a way leading to tonality.[5] His first violin sonata, op. 14 (1969/70), was a return to a "new tonality", incorporating Hungarian and "gypsy" elements. He dedicated Milchzahnlieder (Baby Tooth Songs) for soprano and chamber orchestra, op. 17 (1973),[6] and Krokodilslieder (Crocodile Songs), for baritone and chamber orchestra, op. 28 (1979), to his five children. Erőd composed orchestral works, such as a violin concerto, op. 15 (1973), a viola concerto, op. 30 (1979/80), a cello concerto, op. 80, premiered 2005 at the festival styriarte, a clarinet concerto, op. 88 (2011), as well as a double concerto for clarinet and bassoon, op. 72 (1999), Soirées imaginaires, op. 38 (1981), the Symphonie "From the Old World", op. 67 (1995).[1] and the 2nd Symphonie, op. 75 (2001).

His chamber music includes three string quartets, op.18, 26 and 78, two string sextets, op. 45 and 68, and Bukolika for chamber ensemble, op. 64 (1994), on Hungarian rural life.[1] His first piano trio, op. 21, was written in 1976,[7] his second trio op.42 in 1982; he wrote a trio for clarinet, violin and piano op. 59 - commissioned by the Verdehr Trio - in 1991, as well as a piano quartet op.54 in 1987; the two sonatas for violin and piano op.14 (1970) and op.74 (2000) are among the most popular of his works. He composed Lieder, such as Canti di Ungaretti (1988)[1] and "Vier Gesänge" op. 44. The song cycle Über der Asche zu singen, op. 65 (1994) reflects his family's persecution when he was a child.

In the 1970s and 1980s he was influenced by Jazz and Blues, which shows in his piano concerto, op. 19, in the second piano trio, op. 42 (1981/82), and in the Minnesota Sinfonietta op. 51.[8] Some of his vocal works are most serious, such as the Vier Gesänge, op. 44 (1983), the song cycle Schwarzerde (Black Soil) for baritone and orchestra, op. 49 (1984/85), and the cantata Vox Lucis (Voice of the Light), op. 56 (1988/89).[2][9]



  1. ^ a b c d e Iván Eröd profile Österreichischer Komponistenbund (in German); accessed 12 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Iván Eröd Doblinger Musikverlag
  3. ^ Education music information center austria
  4. ^ Wien – die Stunde der Komödianten Die Zeit, 14 June 1968
  5. ^ Struktur und Freiheit in der Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts / Zum Weiterwirken der Wiener Schule (German) Hartmut Krones (ed.), Böhlau Verlag Wien
  6. ^ Milchzahnlieder (German) Österreichischer Komponistenbund
  7. ^ Programm Musik-Forum München Studio für neue Musik, Tonkünstlerverband München, 2 May 2011
  8. ^ The 1987 World Book Year Book: The Annual Supplement to the World Book Encycloedia. Chicago: World Book, 1987, p. 259; Krones, Harmut. "Die österreichische Symphonie im 20. Jahrhundert: Idee und Gattung." In Die österreichische Symphonie im 20. Jahrhundert. Wien Köln Weimar: Böhlau, 2005, p. 23.
  9. ^ Iván Eröd / Werke bei / Music published by Doblinger biography, pictures, excerpts of manuscripts, works, discography, by Doblinger
  10. ^ "Reply to a parliamentary question about the Decoration of Honour" (PDF) (in German). p. 1390. Retrieved 1 November 2012.

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