Scčnes de la Csárda No.8, Op.60
Azt Mondják--So they say
Scčne de la Csárda No.8, Azt Mondják, (So they say), dates from 1896 and is one of the longest and most substantial of the 14 Scčnes. The opening theme is taken from the song Lightning flashes over the Tatra, which now serves as the national anthem of the Slovak Republic. After a short introduction, the violin plays the anthem in its lowest register. Hubay treats the melody in a kind of fantasy style with sudden and unexpected modulations. A second melody also of Slovak origin is then treated in variation style and the work concludes with a set of variations on the well-known 18th century Csardas, the words to which begin, “Come in my rose, come in.” 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.
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 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.
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