Soundbites Scenes de la Csardas
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Scčnes de la Csárda Collections
Hubay's 14 Scčnes de la Csárda were composed over a 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.
We have selected what we consider to be the best of the set. No.1 is perhaps the most gypsy like of them all. No.2, Kis furulyam or My little flute, makes extraordinary use of many different pyrotechnic effects. No.3, Maros vize or the Waters of Maros is emotive of one the great Hungarian rivers and full of fireworks, while No.4 Hejre Kati, the most famous of the set, is based on three wonderful Hungarian folksongs. The fifth, The Waves of Lake Balaton (Hullámzó Balaton) tells the sad tale of a fisherman. No.6 takes its name from the Hungarian folk song, Sárga Cserebogár or The Yellow Beetle which serves as its first melody. Scčnes de la Csárda No.7 Kossuth Nota or Kossuth’s Melody refers to the Hungarian leader of the 1848 struggle for Hungarian independence Lajos Kossuth. The first theme is the so-called Kossuth Melody composed in 1850. No.8, Azt Mondjak (So they say) is based on 2 Slovakian melodies and a well-known Csardas. And No.10 Szalatnai Emlék (Memories of Szalatna) dates takes its name from a small town in Northern Hungary (now Slovakia) where Hubay spent several pleasant days. Scčnes de la Csárda No.14 is the last of the series and is based on the melodies of the well-known 18th century Hungarian composer, Janos Lavotta.
Any of these works will make a stunning recital work or encore. While Nos.4 and 5 are available separately, Nos.1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 10 and 14 have been unavailable for a long time. These works are always sold separately and it has been impossible to obtain a group of them in an album which is why we are very pleased to make them available in this way and at an attractive price.
|(A) Scčnes de la Csárda-Book I||$39.95|
|(B) Scčnes de la Csárda-Book II||$39.95|
|(C) Scčnes de la Csárda-Books I & II||$69.95|