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Lendvay Kamilló


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

28th December, 1928, Budapest - 30th November, 2016, Budapest

Composer awarded with the Kossuth Prize, also professor emeritus of the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy. Former reader of the Hungarian Radio.

He started his music studies with the piano teacher Margit Varró. One year later he was pupil of György Kámán in the Fodor Music School until 1938. In 1949 he was accepted to the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy, where he became pupil of János Viski and graduated in 1957. For two years his master was László Somogyi. Through these years he had composed the Trio Serenade and the Rapsody for violin and piano, while in 1955 he composed his String Trio. In 1957 he became more interested in vocal music while he was conductor, répétiteur and director of the coir at the Szeged Opera House. His Concertino was presented in 1960 and it became an outstanding music piece in the history of Hungarian concertos of the ‘50s.

Between 1960 and 1966 he worked as music director of the State Puppet Theater and from 1966 to 1968 he was art director of the Art Ensemble of the Hungarian People’s Army. In the ‘70s he composed the oratorio Orogenesis, and then the cantata Pro Libertate. This was followed by the cantata Scenes (1978-1981), which was composed on excerpts from Thomas Mann’s novel, Joseph and his brothers. In 1972 he became teacher of music theory at the Ferenc Liszt Music Academy. From 1976 to 1992 he worked here as head of department and university teacher. Two of his operas were requests of the Hungarian Television. In 1972 he composed a one-act play, The magic chair, then an opera based on Sartre’s La putain respecteuse in 1978. Both compositions were presented on stage in Görlitz and Paris.

As commission of the Festival d’Art Sacre Paris he composed the Via crucis that was presented 1989 in the cathedral Eglise de la Trinité. The first performance of his Stabat Mater also took place in Paris, at the Forum des Orgue Festival. From the oeuvre of Lendvay emerge his symphonic works, like the ten concertos, his chamber music and instrumental solo works. His compositions are frequently played in the United States, as well as in the concert halls of Europe and Asia. The Pezzo Concertato per Violoncello ed Orchestra (it is his cello concerto) won a prize at the International Composing Contest in Triest. The recording of the opera La putain respecteuse was awarded with the Paris Grand Prix International du Disque Lyrique in 1979.

As admission to his achievements as composer, Kamilló Lendvay received the Erkel Prize (1962, 1964, 1978), the title Merited Artist (1981), the Bartók-Pásztory Award (1989, 2005), the title Excellent Artist (1996), the Silver Pen Award and the Kossuth Prize (1998), and recently the Artisjus Music Award as well.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1970 Mihály András, Maros Rudolf, Székely Endre, Láng István, Balassa Sándor, Lendvay Kamilló művei Hungaroton LPX 11494 LP
1978 Mai magyar cimbalomművek
(Contemporary Hungarian Cimbalom Music)
Hungaroton SLPX 11899 LP
1993 Szakály Ágnes: Cimbalom Preludio PRECD 9304
1994 300 év cimbalomzenéje
(Music of 300 Years on Cimbalom)
Hungaroton HCD 31571
1995 Hommage Magyar Rádió MR 011 4 CDs
1995 Kortárs magyar fúvószene
(Contemporary Hungarian Wind Music)
Hungaroton HCD 31612
1996 Magyar kortárs zeneszerzők rézfúvós kamarazenéje
(Brass Music by Hungarian Contemporary Composers)
Hungaroton HCD 31680
1997 Kortárs magyar szerzők művei cimbalomra
(Works for cimbalom by Hungarian Contemporary Composers)
Hungaroton HCD 31669
1997 Kortárs magyar zene fagottra és zongorára
(Contemporary Hungarian Music for Basson and Piano)
Hungaroton HCD 31725
1998 Lendvay Kamilló: 5 Concerto
(Five Concertos)
Hungaroton HCD 31787 Own
1999 Les Mysteres de la Naissance (A születés titkai)
(Les Mysteres de la Naissance (The Mysteries of Birth))
Hungaroton HCD 31766
2001 Párhuzamos monológok - kortárs magyar zene cimbalomra
(Paralel Monologues - Contemporary Hungarian Music for Cimbalom)
Hungaroton HCD 31997
2004 Kortárs magyar trombitaversenyek
(Hungarian Contemporary Trumpet Concertos)
Hungaroton HCD 32251
2004 Music Colors - Hungarian Contemporary Music (1989-2004) BMC HMIC BMC PCD 015 Not for sale - only for promotion
2008 A közelmúlt magyar fuvolája
(The Near Past of the Hungarian Flute)
Hungaroton HCD 32578
2009 A XX. század hangjai
(Sounds of the 20th Century)
Hungaroton HCD 32598-99 2 CDs
2009 Lendvay Kamilló: A mennyei város; Requiem
(Lendvay, Kamilló: The Heavenly City; Requiem)
Hungaroton HCD 32574 Own
Title Type Year
"We Lived in an Age" Film music 1967
12 Easy Violin-Duos for Children Chamber Music 1994
2 Movements for Trumpet Instrumental solo 1997
24 Duos Chamber Music 1985
2x1 Instrumental solo 2007
Sonnet 75 Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1985
Lake Balaton Film music 1969
Der Zauberstuhl / The Magic Chair Opera 1972
The Harmony of Silence Symphony orchestra 1980
Little Valentino Film music 1979
The Heavenly City Solo voice(s), choir & orchestra 2004
The Unyielding Tin Soldier Symphony orchestra 1961
Two Shores of the Sea - The Bulgarian Shore Film music 1965
La Putain respectueuse / The Respectful Prostitute Opera 1978
The Cricket, the Ant and the Others Ensemble 1993
My Mother is a Black Rose Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1992
As You Like It Chamber Music 1983
End of August Choir and solo instrument(s) 1981
Aurél Bernáth Film music 1973
Bis! / Encore! Instrumental solo 0
Between Bulgarian Mountains Film music 1963
Flea Ball Music for the theater 1965
Frog Song Choir and solo instrument(s) 1990
Incentive Mixed choir 1978
Topknot Children's choir 1978
Canzone Allegra Choir and solo instrument(s) 1969
Chaconne Symphony orchestra 1988
Chansons de la Foret / Songs of the Forest Chamber orchestra 1999
Concertino Concerto 1959
Concertino for Piano, Winds, Percussion and Harp (Version 1982) Concerto 1982
Concerto da camera Ensemble 1969
Concerto for Soprano Saxophone Concerto 1996
Concerto semplice Concerto 1986
A Last Message From Maestro Tshaikovsky Wind orchestra 1994
Chatty Song Choir and solo instrument(s) 1974
Csilicsala´s Magic Music for the theater 1961
Tsunami Wind orchestra 2005
Song about the Hungarian Soviet Republic Choir and solo instrument(s) 1959
De Zwaan / The Swan Male choir 1982
But I no longer know what to do Mixed choir 1980
Disposizioni / Moods Instrumental solo 1975
Dózsa Weeper Male choir 1965
Dózsa Weeper Mixed choir 1973
Standoff Film music 1969
Metamorphosis of a Cimbalom Piece Ensemble 1979
Tad on White Horse Film music 1973
Together Film music 1964
Sturdy John (Tales of Nations III.) Music for the theater 1970
Ex Music for the theater 1968
Village Symphony Film music 1963
Fantasy Symphony orchestra 0
Fantasia and Fugue Instrumental solo 1990
Holzhacker / Logger Mixed choir 1975
Black Box - Brain Research Film music 1975
Fifthmusic Instrumental solo 1979
Wind Symphony Wind orchestra 2008
Healing Wounds Film music 1976
Morning at Six Children's choir 1987
After Sixty Film music 1971
Waves´ World Film music 1961
Three Carnival Masks Wind orchestra 1960
Three Male Choruses Male choir 1958
Love of Three Oranges Music for the theater 1964
Three Movements Chamber Music 1994
Three Movements for Trombone Instrumental solo 2007
Houses Film music 1966
Seven Short Pieces Chamber Music 1999
Bridge Over the Danube Film music 1965
Snow Queen Music for the theater 1970
Violin Concerto No. 1 Concerto 1962
Violin Concerto No. 1 (Piano reduction) Concerto 1962
Violin Concerto No. 2 Concerto 1986
String Quartet No. 2 Chamber Music 2007
Towards the One Thousand and One Nights Music for the theater 1964
Home Film music 1965
Jazz Symphony Symphony orchestra 2009
Scenes - Cantata on Thomas Mann´s Tetralogy: Joseph and His Brothers Solo voice(s) with orchestra 1981
Speciality Film music 1970
Hail Damage Film music 1966
Adventure on the Venus Music for the theater 1963
Soldier Song Male choir 0
Double Play Chamber Music 2000
Double Concerto Concerto 1991
Expressions Ensemble 1974
Little Suite Chamber orchestra 1956
Cart-Drive into the Night Solo voice(s) with ensemble 1970
Lancers Film music 1975
The Rooster Crows Choir and solo instrument(s) 1967
Two Capriccios Instrumental solo 2007
Two Little Pieces for Beginners Chamber Music 0
Salutation Solo voice(s), choir & solo instrument(s) 1960
Las Vegas Film music 1970
Lekváros a város Children's choir 0
Hungaian Requiem Film music 1990
Margaret Island Film music 1960
Mary Morison´s Madrigal Mixed choir 1967
Mauthausen Symphony orchestra 1958
Tale About the Shabby Troubadour Film music 1981
Fairytale Ball Children's choir 1973
Story-Telling Dance Wind orchestra 1952
What Will I Do When I Grow Up? Choir and solo instrument(s) 1963
Musica la dolce Chamber orchestra 1995
Second Suite Wind orchestra 1996
While the Man Choir and solo instrument(s) 1973
Sunflower Choir and solo instrument(s) 1971
I Didn´t Used to Lie Film music 1966
Four Duos Chamber Music 1965
Four Orchestral Invocations Symphony orchestra 1966
Orogenesis Solo voice(s), choir & orchestra 1970
Pezzo Concertato Concerto 1975
Pro Libertate Solo voice(s), choir & orchestra 1975
Screen Test Film music 1966
Psalmus XCV / Psalm 95 Choir and chamber ensemble 2008
Example and Hope Choir and solo instrument(s) 1963
Quartetto per archi No. 1 / String Quartet No. 1 Chamber Music 1963
Ragtime Choir and solo instrument(s) 1984
Rapsodia Chamber Music 1955
Rhapsody Symphony orchestra 1997
Revegetation Film music 1988
Requiem Solo voice(s), choir & orchestra 2003
Rondo for Two Trumpets and Orchestra Concerto 1994
A Gleam Flames Up... Choir a cappella 1960
Chess Film music 1966
Scherzo Wind orchestra 0
Senza sordina Wind orchestra 1985
Senza sordina Chamber Music 1983
Six B. to B. Instrumental solo 1995
Sotto Voce No. 3 - In memoriam Claude Achille Debussy Chamber Music 1997
Sotto voce No. 1 Female choir 1980
Sotto voce No. 2 Female choir 1979
Stabat Mater Solo voice(s), choir & orchestra 1991
Strophe Song Choir and solo instrument(s) 1981
School-songs Children's choir 0
Confronting Film music 1975
Serenade Chamber Music 1954
Sonata Instrumental solo 2006
Szél hozott, szél visz el Children's choir 1972
Study Instrumental solo 1995
Thirdplay Chamber Music 1993
Respectfully Yours, Mr. Goodman! Instrumental solo 1987
Tornyai János Film music 1962
Further Eight Arrogant Ideas Chamber Music 1986
Tragic Overture Symphony orchestra 1958
Concerto for Trumpet Concerto 1990
Landscape Song Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1986
Call to Dance Solo voice(s), choir & chamber orchestra 1979
Winter Morning Mixed choir 1966
Kitty Térdszél (Prank Tales I.) Music for the theater 1979
Handstand Film music 1976
Fragment Choir a cappella 1973
Cricket Tale Solo voice(s), choir & solo instrument(s) 1987
Variazioni con tema Chamber Music 1986
Veszprém County Miner Songs Mixed choir 0
Via crucis Solo voice(s), choir & chamber orchestra 1989
Palm Sunday Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1992
Sketchbook for Szakcsi Instrumental solo 1998
Concerto for Piano Concerto 2000
Night Female choir 1967
Night No. 2 Mixed choir 1974
I am Jerome Film music 1971
Seasons, Masters, Masterpieces Film music 1964
Giant´s Song Mixed choir 1973
Five Arrogant Ideas Chamber Music 1979
Five Movements in Quotation-Marks Chamber Music 1981
Opening of a New Age Solo voice(s), choir & solo instrument(s) 1963
Festspiel-Ouverture / Festival Overture Wind orchestra 1984