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Weiner Leó


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

16 April 1885 Budapest - 13 September 1960 Budapest

Leó Weiner was born on the 16th of April, 1885 in Budapest – in the city that he almost never left for longer periods. His outstanding talent became visible already at the Music Academy (1901-1906), where as pupil of János Koessler he won four scholarships and grants in the last year. Thanks to his compositions with brilliant technical background, generous melody inventions and gorgeous orchestration he won the Volkmann Prize, the Erkel Prize (for the Serenade No. 3.), the Haynald Prize (for his choral works) and the Schunda Prize (for the Hungarian Fantasy). As coeval and classmate of Bartók, Kodály and Dohnányi he started his career in the same intellectual circle, but as composer he left all of them behind when he presented his uniquely Hungarian music at the turn of the century.

From 1907 to 1908 he was répétiteur of the Comic Opera. The Francis Joseph Coronation Prize he won made him possible to go to Vienna, Munich, Berlin and Paris.

In 1908, at the age of only 23 he became teacher of the Music Academy teaching music theory, composing and chamber music until his retiring in 1957. As music teacher – primarily as chamber music teacher – his effect was enormous: a number of worldwide-known instrumental musicians (like Antal Doráti, Andor Földes, Louis Kentner, György Kurtág, György Pauk, György Sebők, Sir Georg Solti, János Starker and Tibor Varga) considered him as their master.

In 1922 he received the Coolidge Prize for his String Quartet No. 2. In 1933 he was honored by the state for his Suite Op. 18. Although he retired in 1949 he continued his teaching activity as professor emeritus. In 1950 he was awarded with the Kossuth Prize. In 1957 he retired from academic teaching but to a certain limit he still gave private lessons at home until his death. In 1960 he received the Kossuth Prize for his oeuvre.

He has never collected folk songs and never been on the countryside; he spent almost his whole life at the Music Academy. For he did not only want to - and could - create beautiful music but also wanted it to be comprehensible, he became popular at a dash. At first his star was rising brightly, but later, mainly because of the originality of Bartók’s music, Weiner’s works - composed with high professional skills, artistic care and subtle sense of form and coloration culture - fell into the background. These compositions were inspired by the idea of classical form as well as by the airy scores of Late Romantic French music.

”His talent held on to the most attractive, most human traditions of Romantic Music, and his nature made him to the lyric of flooding emotions and fable poetry.” (György Kroó)
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1994 Hungarian Orchestra Music Capriccio C10528
1996 Weiner Leó: Kompozíciók hegedűre és zongorára
(Weiner, Leó: Works for Violin and Piano)
Hungaroton HCD 31663 Own
1998 Weiner Leó: Zongoraművek 1.
(Weiner, Leó: Piano Music Vol.1)
Hungaroton HCD 31777 Own
Complete edition
1998 Mentsük meg a Zeneakadémiát!
(Let's Save the Liszt Academy!)
Hungaroton HCD 31841
1998 The Last Recording - Sir Georg Solti
Weiner Leó: f-moll szerenád
Kodály Zoltán: Psalmus Hungaricus
Bartók Béla: Cantata Profana

(The Last Recording - Sir Georg Solti)
Decca 458929-2
1999 Weiner Leó album BMC Records BMC CD 018 Own
1999 Magyar szerzők művei gordonkára
(Hungarian Cello Music)
Hungaroton HCD 31835
2000 Weiner Leó: Zongoraművek 2.
(Weiner, Leó: Piano Music Vol. 2)
Hungaroton HCD 31921 Own
Complete edition
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Karmesterek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Conductors, 1951-2001)
Hungaroton HCD 32074-77 4 CDs
2001 Weiner Leó: Concertino; Divertimento No.2; Ballade; Pastorale, Fantasia and Fugue Hungaroton HCD 31992 Own
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Zongoraművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - Pianists)
Hungaroton HCD 32088-90 3 CDs
2003 Weiner Leó: Zongoraművek 3.
(Weiner, Leó: Piano Music Vol. 3)
Hungaroton HCD 32115 Own
Complete edition
2003 Dances from Hungary
(Dances from Hungary)
Warner LC 6019
2004 Weiner Leó: Hegedűversenyek (Op.45 fisz-moll, Op.41 D-dúr); Joachim József: Variációk hegedűre zenekari kísérettel (e-moll)
(Weiner, Leó: Violin Concertos (Op.45 F sharp minor, Op.41 D major); Joachim, József: Variations...)
Hungaroton HCD 32185 Own
2008 Weiner Leó: Toldi - Szimfonikus költemény Op. 43
(Weiner, Leó: Toldi - Symphonic Poem Op. 43)
Hungaroton HCD 32608 Own
2016 Weiner Leó: Csongor és Tünde - Ballada - Zenekari művek összkiadás, Vol. 1
(Weiner, Leó: Ballata, Op.28, Csongor and Tünde, Op. 10 - Orchestral Works Complete Edition, Vol. 1)
Naxos 8.573491 Complete Edition
2019 Weiner, Leó: Toldi - Symphonic Poem (Orchestral Works, Complete, Vol.2) Naxos 8.573847 Own
Complete Edition
2019 Weiner, Leó: Toldi Suites, Opp.43a and 43b Naxos 9.70284 Own
2020 Weiner Leó: Divertimento No. 1 és No. 2 - Zenekari művek összkiadás, Vol. 3
(Weiner, Leó: Orchestral Works (Complete), Vol. 3 - Divertimentos Nos. 1 and 2)
Naxos 8.574125 Own
Includes World Première Recordings
Title Type Year
Agnus Dei Mixed choir 1906
Ballata, Op. 28 / Ballad, Op. 28 Concerto 1949
Ballata, Op. 8 / Ballad, Op. 8 Chamber Music 1911
Introduction and Barn-Rammer Chamber Music 1957
Caprice Instrumental solo 1908
Concertino, Op. 15 Concerto 1923
Csongor and Tünde - Suite, Op. 10b Symphony orchestra 1913
Csongor and Tünde Op. 10c Ballet / Choreographic work 1959
Csongor and Tünde, Op. 10 Ballet / Choreographic work 1927
Csongor and Tünde, Op. 10 Music for the theater 1913
Prinz Csongor und die Kobolde / Prince Csongor and the Goblins Symphony orchestra 1927
Divertimento No. 1, Op. 20 String orchestra 1923
Divertimento No. 2, Op. 24 - Hungarian Folk Tunes String orchestra 1938
Divertimento No. 2, Op. 24/a Chamber Music 1938
Divertimento No. 3, Op. 25 - Impressioni Ungheresi / Divertimento No. 3, Op. 25 - Hungarian Impressions Symphony orchestra 1949
Divertimento No. 4, Op. 38 Symphony orchestra 1951
Divertimento No. 5, Op. 39 - Impressioni ungheresi / Divertimento No. 5, Op. 39 - Hungarian Impressions Symphony orchestra 1951
Carnival - Humoresque for Chamber Orchestra, Op. 5 Chamber orchestra 1907
Carnival - Humoresque for Piano, Op. 5 Instrumental solo 1908
Gloria Mixed choir 1906
Drei kleine Vierhändige Klavierstücke, Op. 36 / Three Little Piano Pieces for Four Hands, Op. 36 Chamber Music 1950
Three Hungarian Folk Dances Chamber Music 0
Three Hungarian Folk Dances Chamber Music 1952
Three Hungarian Folk Dances Instrumental solo 1941
Three Piano Pieces, Op. 7 Instrumental solo 1910
Twenty Short Pieces for Guitar Instrumental solo 1983
Twenty Easy Little Pieces Chamber Music 1978
Zwanzig leichte kleine Klavierstücke, Op. 27 / Twenty Easy Little Piano Pieces, Op. 27 Instrumental solo 1948
Violin Concerto No. 1, D major, Op. 41 Concerto 1950
Sonata No. 1, D major, Op. 9 Chamber Music 1911
I. String Quartet, E-flat major, Op. 4 Chamber Music 1906
I. String Quartet, E-flat major, Op. 4 - for Piano (Four hands) Chamber Music 1906
Violin Concerto No. 2, F-sharp minor, Op. 45 Concerto 1957
Sonata in F-sharp minor No. 2, Op. 11 Chamber Music 1918
II. String Quartet, F-sharp minor, Op. 13 Chamber Music 1921
Soldatenspiel, Op. 16 / Playing Soldiers, Op. 16 Symphony orchestra 1924
Soldatenspiel, Op. 16/b / Playing Soldiers, Op. 16/b Instrumental solo 1924
44 Little Piano Pieces by Nine Composers Instrumental solo 0
Two Hungarian Dances - For 10 Solo Instruments Chamber orchestra 1957
Two Movements Chamber Music 0
Hungarian Wedding Dance, Op. 21/a Instrumental solo 1936
Hungarian Wedding Dance, Op. 21/b Chamber Music 1936
Hungarian Children´s and Folk Songs Symphony orchestra 1955
Hungarian Folk Music, Op. 42 Instrumental solo 1952
Hungarian Peasant Songs I. Series, Op. 19 Instrumental solo 1932
Hungarian Peasant Songs II. Series, Op. 19 Instrumental solo 1934
Ungarische Bauernlieder III. Serie, Op. 22 / Hungarian Peasant Songs III. Series, Op. 22 Instrumental solo 1937
Ungarische Bauernlieder IV. Serie, Op. 33 / Hungarian Peasant Songs IV. Series, Op. 33 Instrumental solo 1950
Ungarische Bauernlieder V. Serie, Op. 34 / Hungarian Peasant Songs V. Series, Op. 34 Instrumental solo 1950
Miniature Pictures, Op. 12 Instrumental solo 1917
Passacaglia, Op. 17 Instrumental solo 1936
Passacaglia, Op. 44 Symphony orchestra 1955
Pastorale, Fantasy and Fugue, Op. 23 String orchestra 1934
Pastorale, Fantasy and Fugue, Op. 26 (III. String Quartet, G major) Chamber Music 1938
The Notary of Peleske Music for the theater 1948
Pereg Recruiting Dance, Op. 40 Chamber Music 1951
Preludio, Notturno e Scherzo Diabolico, Op. 31 Symphony orchestra 1950
Romance, Op. 14 Chamber Music 1921
Romance, Op. 29 Chamber Music 1949
Fox Dance Chamber Music 1923
Scherzo, Op. 1 Symphony orchestra 1905
Scherzo, Op. 1 - for String Quintet Chamber Music 1905
Serenade, Op. 3 - for Piano (Four hands) Chamber Music 1906
Suite - Hungarian Folk Dances, Op. 18 Chamber Music 1931
Suite - Hungarian Folk Dances, Op. 18 Symphony orchestra 1931
Suite - Hungarian Folk Dances, Op. 35 Chamber Music 1950
Toldi, Op. 43 Symphony orchestra 1952
Toldi, Op. 43/c Instrumental solo 1955
Toldi Suite, Op. 43a Symphony orchestra 1954
Toldi Suite, Op. 43b Symphony orchestra 1955
Elfenreigen / Fairies´ Dance Chamber Music 0
Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song - for Two Pianos, Op. 32 Chamber Music 1950
Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song, Op. 30 Symphony orchestra 1949
Serenade, F minor, Op. 3 Symphony orchestra 1906
String Trio, G minor, Op. 6 Chamber Music 1908
Solemn Tunes Symphony orchestra 1951