Scčnes de la Csárda No.6 Op.34
Sárga Cserebogár--The Yellow Beetle
Hubay's 14 Scčnes de la Csárda were composed over a period of forty year period from 1879 to 1920. They were intended for the composer's own use, both in concert performance and teaching. Originally written for violin and piano. some were later orchestrated by the composer. and many of them were dedicated to prominent violinists as well as other important contemporary figures. The sixth of the Scčnes de la Csárda dates from around 1887 and was dedicated to the French violinist Emile Saurat. It is generally known by its subtitle Sárga Cserebogár--The Yellow Beetle. This is because, the first melody based on the folk song known as The Yellow Beetle, the words to which begin, “Beetle, yellow beetle, I don’t ask you when the summer comes.” A series of pyrotechnic variations follow.
Jenö 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 Acadamy 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.
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