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Mátyás Seiber (1905-1960): The Joyce Settings / Peter Pears, narrator; Alexander Young, tenor; LSO London Phil.; Dorian Singers et al.

Album Summary

>Seiber, Mátyás : Ulysses, cantata for tenor, chorus & orchestra
>Seiber, Mátyás : Elegy for viola & chamber orchestra
>Seiber, Mátyás : Fragments (3) from 'A Portrait of the artist as a young man,' for speaker, chorus & instrumental ens
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Matyas Seiber's body of work is distinguished by a natural versatility, and by the wide range and eclecticism of his musical interests. It incorporates the successful pop song "By the Fountains of Rome" (1956), which hit the Top 10 on the charts; his score for the animated film Animal Farm (1954); and numerous examples of incidental music for radio and television. Born in Budapest on May 4, 1905, Matyas Seiber began to learn the cello at the age of ten. He studied composition at the Budapest Academy of Music under Kodály from 1919 to 1924, and in 1925 he entered his Serenade for Wind Sextet in a Budapest competition. When it failed to win the prize, Bartók resigned from the jury in protest! On September 24, 1960 - at the age of 55 - Seiber was killed in a car crash in South Africa during a lecturing tour of the country's universities. At the time of his tragically early death, he was one of the most respected composition teachers in Britain.

Born in Budapest on 4 May 1905, Seiber began to learn the cello at the age of ten. He studied composition at the Budapest Academy of Music under Kodály from 1919 to 1924. In 1925 he entered his Serenade for wind sextet in a Budapest competition and when it failed to win the prize, Bartók resigned from the jury in protest. In 1935 Seiber settled in London, where he founded the Dorian Singers and helped Francis Chagrin to found the Society for the Promotion of New Music. He taught at Morley College and privately and his pupils included Don Banks, Peter Racine Fricker, Anthony Gilbert, Malcolm Lipkin, David Lumsdaine, Anthony Milner and Hugh Wood. Seiber stayed in touch with continental musical developments and frequently attended the International Society for Contemporary Music's festivals, several of which featured his own compositions. On 24 September 1960, at the age of 55, he was killed in a car crash in South Africa during a lecturing tour of the country's universities. At the time of his tragically early death, Seiber was one of the most respected teachers of composition in Britain. His own body of work is distinguished by a natural versatility and by the wide range and eclecticism of his musical interests. It incorporates the successful pop song By the Fountains of Rome (1956), which entered the top ten of the charts and won an Ivor Novello Award, and his score for the animated film Animal Farm(1954), as well as numerous examples of incidental music for radio, television, and the stage.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BBC Broadcast Performance, London (05/21/1972); BBC Broadcast Performance, London (1960).



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>Seiber, Mátyás : Ulysses, cantata for tenor, chorus & orchestra
  • Performer: Alexander Young (Tenor)
  • Conductor: David Atherton
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 47 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1947

>Seiber, Mátyás : Elegy for viola & chamber orchestra
  • Performer: Cecil Aronowitz (Viola)
  • Conductor: Mátyás Seiber
  • Running Time: 8 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Seiber, Mátyás : Fragments (3) from 'A Portrait of the artist as a young man,' for speaker, chorus & instrumental ens
  • Conductor: Mátyás Seiber
  • Ensemble: Melos Ensemble of London
  • Running Time: 6 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956-1957