Artist database

This is the Artist Database of BMC, which includes information about composers, musicians, orchestras, choirs and groups that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary, as well as information about releases recorded with them.

Székely Endre


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

6 April 1912 Budapest – 14 April 1989 Budapest

Composer, conductor, academy teacher. Between 1932 and 1935 he was pupil of Albert Siklós, Zoltán Kodály and Antal Molnár at the composing department of the Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. In 1937 he graduated in composing.

Until 1945 he conducted the choir of the Leather Union, and meanwhile he was substitute of Sándor Vándor in the Vándor Choir. In 1945 he organized the Free Union of Hungarian Composers and the Cultural Union of Workers. He was also secretary general of the Bartók Association, which united all the Hungarian choirs. From 1950 to 1952 he was leader of the Hungarian Radio Choir. Between 1952 and 1956 he organized a choir in Sztálinváros (today: Dunaújváros). From 1959 to 1972 he was teacher of the Upper Teacher Training Institute in Budapest.

In the ‘60s he renewed his music resources and caught up with modern composing. Around 1967 he developed his own music language. The years 1986-1988 mean the peak of his career: with his compositions he was successful not only in Hungary, but abroad as well (Darmstadt). He composed vocal, concerto and theater music, but chamber and solo works as well.

His major works are: Red Rebecca (ballade, 1946 – revised: 1957), Golden Star (operetta, 1950), Petőfi (cantata, 1952), Attila József (cantata, 1954), Water rose (opera, 1958), György Dózsa (oratorio, 1958), three wind quintets (1953, 1961, 1966), five string quartets (1954, 1958, 1961, 1972, 1981), Musica notturna (1968), Trio (percussion, piano, 1969), Violin solo sonata (1980), Violin solo sonata No. 2. (1988).

Prizes, awards:
Erkel Prize in 1954 and 1980
Title Type Year
Psalm 137 Mixed choir 1942
3 Organum Live and tape music 1970
6 Fanfars Chamber Music 1981
Songs of Good-neighborliness Mixed choir 1948
Lullaby Children's choir 1941
Anthem of Mothers Mixed choir 0
The Evening Bell Male choir 0
Bauwerk Chamber Music 0
Capriccio Chamber Music 1961
Concerto Concerto 1964
Concerto Concerto 1958
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Concerto 1979
Concerto in memoriam Webern Concerto 1976
Concerto for Trumpet And Orchestra Concerto 1971
Csendes kévébe Choir a cappella 0
Die letzten Gesänge Solo voice(s) with ensemble 1983
Divertimento Chamber Music 1950
Duet for Cimbalom and Flute !to be determined 0
Duo concertante Concerto 0
Ey, ukhnem! (Song of the Volga Boatmen) Mixed choir 0
My Rose Left Mixed choir 0
Espagnola Chamber Music 0
Fantasia concertante Concerto 1987
Fantasma Symphony orchestra 1969
Young City Mixed choir 0
Förgetegben Choir a cappella 0
Wave Motions Symphony orchestra 0
Humanisation Live and prerecorded music 1974
Three Ady-Songs Mixed choir 0
Wind Quintet No. 1 Chamber Music 1953
I. Rapsodia Chamber Music 1956
Wind Quintet No. 2 Chamber Music 1961
Partita No. 2 String orchestra 1957
Sonata No. 2 Instrumental solo 1988
II. String Quartet Chamber Music 1959
Wind Quintet No. 3 Chamber Music 1966
Sonata No. 3 Instrumental solo 1971
String Quartet No. 4 Chamber Music 1972
Harder Days Are Coming Mixed choir 1978
Miner´s Songs from Komárom Choir and solo instrument(s) 0
Questioner Mixed choir 1941
Two Songs by Attila József Choir a cappella 0
Lento and Allegro Chamber Music 1968
Hungarian Folk Songs Mixed choir 1946
Music for Five Chamber Music 1987
Musica da camera Chamber Music 1977
Musica notturna Ensemble 1967
Four Counterpoints in Hungarian Style Chamber Music 1970
Four Male Choruses Male choir 0
Petőfi Cantata Solo voice(s), choir & orchestra 1952
Quartetto per tromboni Chamber Music 1988
Rapsodia concertante Concerto 1985
Rhapsody Chamber Music 1982
Riflessioni Concerto 1973
Sestetto Chamber Music 1972
Sinfonia Symphony orchestra 1957
Sinfonia Concertante Concerto 1961
Sonata per clarinetto e pianoforte Chamber Music 1984
Sonata per violino solo Instrumental solo 1980
Sonata per violoncello solo Instrumental solo 0
Sonores nascentes et morientes Symphony orchestra 1975
Szeretnének Male choir 0
Sonatina Chamber Music 0
Sonatina Instrumental solo 0
Suite Orchestral work 1950
Solo Cantata Solo voice(s) with ensemble 1972
It´s Spring! Beautiful! Female choir 0
Tre esercizi Chamber Music 1977
Trio Chamber Music 1969
String Quartet No. 5 Chamber Music 1981
Sonata for Piano Instrumental solo 1952
Justice in Jerusalem Solo voice(s), choir & orchestra 1986