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Les joie melee

Crepuscule

Les Fileuses

Impressions of the Puszta, Op.44 for Violin & Piano

Jen Hubay (1858-1937) was born in Budapest. He studied violin first with his father, concertmaster and conductor of the orchestra at the National Theater, and violin professor of the National Conservatory. Subsequently he studied with Joseph Joachim in Berlin. In 1878, upon the recommendation of Franz Liszt, he moved to Paris where he quickly established himself a leading concert artist. For many years he toured throughout Europe. When the famous violin virtuoso, Vieuxtemps, heard him, he saw in Hubay the continuation of his own artistry and recommended him for the prestigious position of Professor of Violin at the Brussels Conservatoire, a post which he himself and more recently Wieniawski had held. Hubay held the position from 1886-90 after which he settled in Budapest and exchanged his life as a traveling virtuoso for that of composer and teacher, eventually serving as the Director of the Budapest Academy of Music from 1919-34. Many famous violinists numbered among his students, including Stefi Geyer, Ferenc Vecsey, Jozsef Szigeti, Emil Telmanyi, Eddy Brown, Jelly Aranyi,  and Jeno (Eugene) Ormandy. A fine string quartet player (Brahms preferred his quartet to any other), Hubay trained many famous string quartets, such as the Waldbauer-Kerpely, the Lener, the Roth and the Vegh.

 

The Impressions of the Puszta (The Puszta is Hungarian name for the plains for steppes in the Hungarian Hinterland) was composed around 1894 and consists of three pieces, each different in mood and what they are meant to convey. The first is La joie mele aux larmes (Tears of joy and sadness, the middle movement is the atmospheric Crepuscule (Twilight) and finale, Les Fileuses (the spinners or spinning wheels), is a virtuosic moto perpetuo.

 

We offer each of the pieces individual but also as a complete set. In addition, you may also wish to consider our Jen Hubay Album Volume Two, which not only contains the complete Impressions of the Puszta but also the Bolero, Echoes of the Alps from Hubay's Op.51, and Zephyr Op.30 No.5 which we offer it at a very attractive price.

 

(A) La joie mele aux larmes, Op.44 No.1

$9.95

(B) Crepuscule, Op.44 No.2

$9.95

(C) Les Fileuses, Op.44 No.3

$10.95

(D Impressions of the Puszta Complete, Op.44

$19.95

(E) Jen Hubay Album Volume Two

$29.95

 

 

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