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Dargay Marcell


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Marcell Dargay (1980) was a composition student of István Fekete Győr in the Bartók Conservatory, Budapest. He graduated in 2004 from the Liszt Academy of Music in composition under László Vidovszky, and in music theory as a student of Katalin Komlós. Amongst his teachers were Gyula Fekete, Zoltán Jeney, Zsolt Serei and András Wilheim.

Between 2003 and 2005 he was répétiteur at the Hungarian State Opera House, since 2004 has taught music theory at the Bartók Conservatory Budapest. In 2003 he took part in Murail, Christian Wolff , Alvin Lucier and Frederic Rzewski, in Ostrava, Czech Republic. As well as in Hungary, his works also have been played in the USA, France and Germany. Since 2005 he has been a beneficiary of a composer's grant from Artisjus, and received Artisjus Award in 2001.

Several of his works were written for famous festivals - the Budapest Autumn Festival, the Spring Festival, Music of Our Time and Making New Waves. He has written incidental music for several pieces at the József Katona Theatre, the Miklós Radnóti Theatre, the University of Theatre and Film and the Ódry Theatre. As a performer of contemporary works he often features as a pianist, and there have been several radio and TV broadcasts of him both as a soloist and in chamber ensembles. As a soloist his premieres include that of Attila Bozay's Improvisations No. 3 with the Budapest Chamber Symphony, Gyula Bánkövi's piece Sodrás with the Hungarian Symphony Orchestra, and László Vidovszky's 405, accompanied by Componensemble.

Since 2000 he has played in a two-piano duo with Dániel Dinyés, and several Hungarian composers (Gyula Fekete, Ádám Kondor, Balázs Horváth, Balázs Futó) have written pieces for them. In 2007 Editio Musica Budapest published his pieces First Words After The Last and Városligeti fasor 33. (No. 33 City Park Avenue).

His work "An[a]them[a]" was qualified for the final of the "Új Magyar Zenei Fórum 2009" (New Hungarian Music Forum 2009) composers´ competition. In January 2011 he won 3rd prize of UMZF 2011 in category of chamber music.

His chamber opera, Hálátlan dögök (Unthankful Beasts) presented in Munich in 2011 July in coopertion with Krétakör Ensemble Budapest and Bayerische Staatsoper.
Title Type Year
…für Klarinette, Bratsche und Klavier Chamber Music 2004
2 1 1 2 Instrumental solo 2008
6:3 Ensemble 2018
She is standing behind the wall and singing Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 2003
The War Music for the theater 2006
Albumblatt "Városligeti fasor 33." Chamber Music 2005
An[a]them[a] Ensemble 2008
Anachronicle Ensemble 2007
The victim (four songs to poems by Lajos Kassák) Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1999
Calque (fordítási gyakorlat 4 előadóra) Chamber Music 2001
Circ(u)s Ensemble 2010
De-Solution Chamber Music 2003
Away, no Matter Where Music for the theater 2019
FUGA IN m(emoriam) Live electronic music 2020
Fanfare for the Dethronement Chamber Music 2002
First Words After the Last Chamber Music 2002
Fragmente Ensemble 2008
HERACLITUS in E – in memoriam Zoltán Jeney Chamber Music 0
Undankbare Biester Opera 2011
Book of Job Solo voice(s) with ensemble 2022
Laboratory Hotel Music for the theater 2009
Légendes No. III Instrumental solo 2011
Monument of the Immortal Immigrant Ensemble 2015
Music for Clones and Clowns Chamber orchestra 2022
Medea Music for the theater 2004
Nach(t)stück für streichquartett Chamber Music 2004
Nach(t)stücke Chamber Music 2007
Four Strophes Solo voice(s) with ensemble 2006
Pacific 012 Concerto 2012
RICERCAR - Hommage à Béla Bartók Chamber Music 2020
Sacra Geometria Chamber Music 2004
Serenate Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 2005
Sermo Symphony orchestra 2005
Suite in C Chamber Music 0
Tempus Imperfectum No. 3 String orchestra 0
Tempus imperfectum Ensemble 2009
Tropus Ensemble 2008
Blindnoise (Capriccio from Kalocsa) Chamber Music 2001
Take out the Chamber Pot! Music for the theater 2007
Worte und/and Music Solo voice(s) with ensemble 2018
a 11 Ensemble 2016
sacra geometria/B !to be determined 0