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Hubay Jenő


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

September 15, 1858 Pest - March 12, 1937 Budapest

Jenő Hubay, the exceptionally gifted violinist celebrated all over Europe, gained reputation as a prolific composer and founder of the famous Hungarian violin school, played a decisive role in the musical life of Hungary, more than fifty years. Though shadowed after the Second World War by the two giants of music - Kodály and Bartók - we can not forget the historical fact that Hubay was the most prominant and representative figure of Hungarian music for decades.

His first master was his father, Károly Huber, who was the concertmaster and chorus master of the National Theatre (the first performance of Lohengrin in Budapest is connected with his name). Simultaniously he taught at the Hungarian National Music School (Conservatory) and later at the Academy of Music. From 1873, Hubay studied in the master school of József Joachim in Berlin. When returning to Hungary in 1876 his national and international performing carrier began. He often performed on Franz Liszt’s matinées, and two years later with a letter of recommendation from Liszt he went to Paris where he changed his name from Huber to Hubay – which sounded more Hungarian. In Paris, he and the pianist Károly Aggházy became favorite and frequent guests of artistic salons and during the following years, he gave many successful concerts in France, England and Belgium.

He was on good terms with the legendary violinist and composer Henry Vieuxtemps - then already aged and ill - who viewed the young Hungarian as the heir of his art. Because of this and the already existing international reputation of Hubay he received one of the most significant violinist status of Europe in 1882 when he was barely 23 years old. He was appointed to head of the violin department at the Conservatory of Bruxelles, where Wieniawsky and Vieuxtemps were his predecessors.

His attacment to his country was proved when in 1886 he gave up his chair in Bruxelles - though it assured him a brilliant future. He returned to Budapest, where he became head of the violin department at the Academy of Music. He was for 15 years the director of the institution as well from 1919 on. His activity greatly contributed to the international fame of the Academy. The Music Academy was regarded as one of the leading violin schools of Europe along with the school of Leopold Auer in St Petersburg and Sefčik’s class in Prague and Vienna. Among his most prominent pupils were Jelly Arányi, Endre Gertler, Stefi Geyer, Gyula Keréjártó, István Pártos, Erna Rubinstein, Zoltán Székely, József Szigeti, Emil Telmányi, Ferenc Vecsey, Imre Waldbauer, Ede Zathureczky, etc. Many internationally known quartets emerged from his master-class: Waldbauer–Kerpely, Hauser–Son, Léner, Roth and Végh.

He did not cease composition until his death. More than half of his 400 works were written for violin, which he wrote during the last two decades of the last century, while he was performing. The same period gave birth to his more than 100 Hungarian, German and French songs. Concerning these songs he was inspired by contemporary salons - very important to the intellectual life of the period. During the second part of his life, his interest turned towards the more monumental, symphonic and theatrical genres. He was convinced that his aims as a composer should be in the creation of reperesentative and universal pieces (Dante and Petőfi symphonies, the cantata Ara Pacis, The Fiddler of Cremona, The Rake of the Village, Anna Karenina, The Mask, and other operas). While Hubay was considered as one of the best chamber musicians of his time, he himself never composed chamber music except for Sonate Romantique (D-major Op. 22.). Probably he was influenced partly by his youth.

His activity contributed immensely to the development of Hungarian music. The reasons he was neglected may be traced in different things. He threatened the new social system since he was know for his anti-Bolshevist views. He married a countess and became possessor of several estates, castles and a brick-factory. In 1907 he became noble and Franz Joseph conferred him the title of nobility Szalatnay. His way of living was also aristocratic. His palace near the Danube was very splendid and illustrious. His musical taste was basically conservative. Hubay's world was rooted to the romanticisme of last century. He lived in the illusion of the "time of peace". He strove to gain respect for the "great classical" composers and to preserve the values of the past, and did not support modern tendencies. Though generally he was open-minded to innovations and taught his students likewise, for him the compositions of Richard Strauss was the most modern and still tolerable music. In the last decade of his life he became friends with the German master. Several of his students later became interpreters of Bartók.

If one looks at the social position and musical conception of Hubay it is not surprising to find that he had conflicts with young composers in Kodály and Bartók's circles. It seemed that their opposition was mainly theoretic which was partly elaborated by posterity's bias. Also, many contemporary organizations wanted to assimilate him and use him to their advantage. Few are aware, that while many Hungarian musicians were harassed by the Horthy regime retorsions because of their role played during the ephemerous Hungarian Communist Republic in 1919 he did everything he could to save and rehabilitate them, even if it was against to his personal interests.

Hubay's performing and pedagogical work was always regarded very positively. He established one of the lading violin schools of Europe in Budapest the influence of which could be felt much further than the borders of the continent. His contemporaries frequently said that Hubay united the positive characteristics of varying influences and styles in his work: Hungarian temper, German thoroughness and French ease made an organic unity in his art.
Year Title Publisher Code Remark
1991 Szecsődi Ferenc, Kassai István, Erkel Ferenc, Hubay Jenő, Nándor Zsolt, Vecsey Ferenc: A nagy magyar hegedűiskola Radioton SLPX 31469 LP
1991 A nagy magyar hegedűiskola
(The Great Hungarian School of Violinists)
Radioton SLPX 31469 LP
1997 Hubay Jenő: Hegedű-zongoraművek 01.
(Hubay, Jenő: Works for Violin and Piano Vol. 01)
Hungaroton HCD 31733 Own
Complete edition
1999 Hubay Jenő: Hegedű-zongoraművek 02.
(Hubay, Jenő: Works for Violin and Piano Vol. 02)
Hungaroton HCD 31812 Own
Complete edition
2000 Hubay Jenő: Hegedű-zongoraművek 03.
(Hubay, Jenő: Works for Violin and Piano Vol. 03)
Hungaroton HCD 31876 Own
Complete edition
2001 50 éves a Hungaroton - Vonósművészek (1951-2001)
(Fifty Years of Hungaroton - String Players)
Hungaroton HCD 32091-3 3 CDs
2001 Hubay Jenő: Hegedű-zongoraművek 04.
(Hubay, Jenő: Works for Violin and Piano Vol. 04)
Hungaroton HCD 31970 Own
Complete edition
2001 Hubay Jenő: Hegedűversenyek (összes)
(Violin Concertos (complete))
Hungaroton HCD 31976-77 Own
1st recordings
2002 Hubay Jenő: Hegedű-zongoraművek 05.
(Hubay, Jenő: Works for Violin and Piano Vol. 05)
Hungaroton HCD 32060 Own
Complete edition
2003 Hubay Jenő: Hegedű-zongoraművek 06.
(Hubay, Jenő: Works for Violin and Piano Vol. 06)
Hungaroton HCD 32155 Own
Complete edition
2004 Hubay Jenő: Hegedű-zongoraművek 07. - Átiratok
(Hubay, Jenő: Works for Violin and Piano Vol. 07 - Transcriptions)
Hungaroton HCD 32193 Own
Complete edition
2005 Hubay Jenő: Hegedű-zongoraművek 08.
(Hubay, Jenő: Works for Violin and Piano Vol. 08)
Hungaroton HCD 32312 Own
Complete edition
2006 Hubay Jenő: Hegedű-zongoraművek 09.
(Hubay, Jenő: Works for Violin and Piano Vol. 09)
Hungaroton HCD 32389 Own
Complete edition
2007 Hubay Jenő: Hegedű-zongoraművek 10.
(Hubay, Jenő: Works for Violin and Piano Vol. 10)
Hungaroton HCD 32452 Own
Complete edition
2008 Hubay Jenő: Hegedű-zongoraművek 11.
(Hubay, Jenő: Works for Violin and Piano Vol. 11)
Hungaroton HCD 32581 Own
Complete edition
2009 Hubay Jenő: Hegedű-zongoraművek 12.
(Hubay, Jenő: Works for Violin and Piano Vol. 12)
Hungaroton HCD 32549 Own
Complete edition
2009 Encores & More - Violin and Piano Recital: Friedemann and Peer (Polyakin, Liszt, Bartók, Hubay) Solo Musica SM130
2010 Hubay Jenő összes műve mélyhegedűre
(Jenő Hubay: Complete Works for Viola)
Hungaroton HCD 32626 Own
Complete edition
2020 Rivka Golani - Zsuzsa Kollár: Viola Romance (Kreisler, Elgar, Dvorák, Brahms, Schumann) Hungaroton HCD 32811-12 2 CDs
Title Type Year
"Atair", Roman musical en cinq chapitres, Op. 47 Chamber Music 1893
"It is said...", Scenes de la Csárda, Op. 60, No.8 Chamber Music 1896
"Czinka Panna Nótája", Scenes de la Csarda, Op. 65., No. 9 Chamber Music 1896
"Hejre Kati", Scenes de la Csarda, Op. 32, No. 4 Chamber Music 1882
"The Waves of Lake Balaton", Scenes de la Csarda, Op. 33, No. 5 Chamber Music 1887
"Kis furulyám...", Scenes de la Csarda, Op. 13, No. 2 Chamber Music 1881
"Kossuth Song / Chanson de Kossuth / Kossuth-Weise", Scenes de la Csárda, Op. 41, No. 7 Chamber Music 1891
"Maros vize", Scenes de la Csarda, Op. 18, No. 3 Chamber Music 1883
"Piczi tubiczám", Scenes de la Csarda, Op. 83, No. 12 Chamber Music 0
"Szalatnai emlék", Scenes de la Csarda, Op. 69, No. 10 Chamber Music 1898
"Szalatnai emlék", Scenes de la Csarda, Op. 69, No. 10 Chamber Music 1898
"Szomorúfűz hervadt lombja", Scenes de la Csarda, Op.82, No. 11 Chamber Music 1900
"Yellow maybeetle", Scenes de la Csarda, Op. 34, No.6 Chamber Music 1887
1. Megtérés; 2. Csak érted, Op. 126 !to be determined 0
1. Plaintes arabes - 2. Chant polonais, Op. 6 !to be determined 1881
18 magyar dal, Op. 2 !to be determined 1878
2 Petőfi dal, Op. 103 Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 0
2 magyar dal (Petőfi és Zichy G. költeményeire), Op. 19 Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 0
2 magyar dal (Wohl J., Kiss J.), Op. 75 Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 0
2éme Concerto, 2. hegedűverseny, Op. 90 Concerto 1900
3 dal (F. Coppée, V. Hugo költeményeire) Op. 71 !to be determined 0
3 dal (V. Hugo költeményeire), Op. 12 !to be determined 1882
3 magyar dal (Szabolcska M. költeményeire), Op. 77 !to be determined 0
3 magyar dal (Szabolcska M. költeményeire), Op. 78 !to be determined 0
3éme Concerto, 3. hegedűverseny, Op. 99 Concerto 1907
4 Male Choir, Op. 16 Choir and orchestra 1882
4 férfikórus, Op. 24 Choir and orchestra 0
Fünf Petőfi Lieder, Op. 31 1889
5 dal, Op. 53 !to be determined 1894
6 új dal, Op. 122-123 Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 0
7 dal, Op. 100 Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 0
Frau Borzas Tochter Marie / Mrs. Borzas´ Daughter Mary Opera 0
Le luthier de Crémone, Op. 40 / Der Geigenmacher von Cremona, Op. 40 Opera 1888
Song of nightingale / Nachtigallen-Gesang / Ramage des rossignols, Op. 39 Chamber Music 1892
Der Dorflump, Op. 50 Opera 1895
Die Venus von Milo, Op. 107 Opera 1909
Under her window / Sous sa fenetre / Unter ihrem Fenster, Op. 38, No. 2 Chamber Music 1892
Adieu, Op. 111 Chamber Music 0
Aliénor opéra en quatre actes et un epilogue (E. Haraucourt), Op. 28 Opera 1890
Anna Karenina, opera 3 felvonásban, 4 képben, Op. 112 Stage work 1914
Ara pacis (Béke himnusz , kantáta Romain Rolland költeményére) Op. 114 Solo voice(s), choir & orchestra 0
In front of her portrait / Devant son image / Vor ihrem Bild, Op. 38, No. 1 Chamber Music 1892
Arlequin - scherzo, Op. 81 Chamber Music 1899
Die Maske, Op. 106 Stage work 0
Der selbstsüchtige Riese, Op. 124 Stage work 1934
Ballade et Humoreske, Op. 104 Chamber Music 1911
Biedermeyer szvit, Op. 116 Orchestral work 0
Pensée triste. Andante sostenuto, Op. 74, No. 1 Chamber Music 0
Berceuse. Andantino - un poco vivo, Op. 74, No. 2 Chamber Music 0
Cantiléne, Op. 70 Chamber Music 1898
Capriccio de concert, Op. 86, No. 3 Chamber Music 1988
Carmen - Fantaisie brillante, Op. 3, No. 3 Chamber Music 1876
Carmen Sylva 5 költeménye, Op. 29 !to be determined 0
Cinq marceaux / 5 morceaux caracteristiques, Op. 51 Chamber Music 1893
Concerto all’ antica - 4 hegedűverseny, Op. 101 Concerto 1907
Concerto dramatique - Violin Concerto, Op. 21, No. 1 Concerto 1884
Contemplation, Op. 14, No. 3 Chamber Music 1883
Scene de la Csárda, Op. 102, No. 13 Chamber Music 1908
Scenes de la Csarda, (Sur des themes de Lavotta), Op. 117, No. 14 Chamber Music 1920
Scenes de la Csarda, Op. 9, No. 1 Chamber Music 1882
Sonate Romantique en ré majeur / Romantic Sonata in D major, Op. 22 Chamber Music 1884
Dalok Kury Klárikának (Szabolcska M. költeményére), Op. 68 !to be determined 1896
Dante Symphony - Vita nuova, Op. 118 Solo voice(s), choir & orchestra 1921
Deux mazurkas de concert, Op. 54 Chamber Music 1895
Deux mazurkas, Op. 45 Chamber Music 1893
Deux morceaux, Op. 110 Chamber Music 0
Deux morceaux, Op. 87 Chamber Music 1899
Dix etudes concertantes, Op. 89 Instrumental solo 1900
Drei (Vier) Stücke, Op. 95 Chamber Music 0
Songs of a Rose, Op. 36 / Lieder einer Rose, Op. 36 Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1891
Elegie, Op. 14, No. 1 Chamber Music 1983
From times of yore / Des temps jadis / Aus vergangener Zeit, Op. 37, No. 2 Chamber Music 0
Fantaisie élégiaque, Op. 62 Chamber Music 1896
Romance in F major. Andantino con moto, Op. 25 Chamber Music 1886
Fantaisie hongroise, Op. 1 a Chamber Music 1873
Fantaisie tziganesque, Op. 4 !to be determined 1879
Fantaisie tziganesque, Op. 55, No. 1 - 2 Chamber Music 1894
Fliederbusch, Op. 109 Chamber Music 0
Scenes d’enfants / Kinderszenen, Op. 84 Instrumental solo 1898
Six études de violon, Op. 63 Instrumental solo 1896
Six études de violon, Op. 64 Instrumental solo 1896
Six poémes hongrois, Op. 27 Chamber Music 1884
6 noveaux poemes hongrois, Op. 76 Chamber Music 0
Violinsolo aus der Oper "Der Dorflump", Op. 50a Chamber Music 0
Solo from the opera The Violin Maker of Cremona, Op. 40a Chamber Music 0
Rayon de Lune - Ballade, Op. 86, No. 1 Chamber Music 1988
Trois morceaux, Op. 10 Chamber Music 1877
Trois morceaux, Op. 66 Chamber Music 1897
Három kuruc-nóta férfikarra, Op. 97 Male choir 1903
Trois poemes d’apres François Coppée, Op. 56 Chamber Music 1895
Sieben Lieder (E. Weber, T. Resa, A. Silberstein költeményeire), Op. 61 !to be determined 1896
Impressions from the Puszta, Op. 44 / Impressions de la Puszta, Op. 44 Chamber Music 0
Judit Simon, melodráma, Op. 91 !to be determined 0
Deux melodies de J. Massenet: Crepuscule, Serenade, Op. 3, No. 2 Chamber Music 1881
2 Male Choir, Op. 11 Choir and orchestra 1879
Két magyar dal, Op. 35 Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 0
Larghetto, Op. 14, No. 2 Chamber Music 1883
Lavotta szerelme, dalmű 3 felvonásban epilogussal (Berczik Á., Farkas I.) Op. 96 Stage work 1904
Maggiolata, Op. 15, No. 2 Chamber Music 1882
Fantaisie Hongroise, Op. 1 (Chant de Plevna) Chamber Music 0
Hungarian songs. In the Dark Shade of the Deep Forest / Melodies hongroises, Op. 67, No. 1 Chamber Music 0
Un conte / Märchen, Op. 15, No. 1 Chamber Music 1882
Moosröschen, Op. 85 Stage work 1898
Morceau de concert - Brácsaverseny, Op. 20, No. 1, 2, 3 Concerto 1888
Mosaique, 10 morceaux, Op. 49 Chamber Music 1894
May song / Fleur de Mai / Mailied, Op. 37, No. 1 Chamber Music 1889
Nocturne, Op. 42, No.1 Chamber Music 1892
Notturno, Op. 73, No. 2 Chamber Music 0
Four Songs, Op. 23 / Quatre Mélodies, Op. 23 Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1885
Op.10. - Trois morceaux 0
Perpetuum mobile. Allegro con brio, Op. 88 Chamber Music 1899
Petőfi-szimfónia, Op 119 Solo voice(s), choir & orchestra 1922
Puszta Klänge: Concert-Duo für Pianoforte und Violine, Op. 7 / Puszta Sounds: Concert-Duo for Piano and Violin, Op. 7 Chamber orchestra 1880
Puszta-Klänge / Echos de la Puszta, Op. 7 Chamber Music 1880
Pusztai hangok / Eine Pusztenfahrt, 6 darab eredeti magyar dalok után, Op. 57 Chamber Music 1895
Romanze und Gitarre, Op. 108 Chamber Music 1912
Rákóczi himnusz, Op. 98 Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1906
Scherzo en sol mineur, Op. 80 Chamber Music 0
Sechs Stücke, Op. 121 Chamber Music 1925
Suite sur Le Roi de Lahore, Op. 3, No. 1 Chamber Music 1880
Suite, Op. 5 Chamber Music 1881
Sinfonie ("Háborús"), Op. 93, No. 2 Concerto 1917
Szimfónia, Op. 26, No. 1 Concerto 1885
Talpra magyar, Op. 43 !to be determined 1890
Frühlings-Liebeslieder / Chanson d’amour printanier, Op. 120, No. 1-2 Instrumental solo 1923
Trois morceaux caracteristiques, Op. 46 Chamber Music 1893
Trois morceaux, Op. 48 Chamber Music 1894
Trois morceaux, Op. 52 Chamber Music 1894
Trois morceaux, Op. 58 Chamber Music 1895
Dix pieces caracteristiques, Op. 79 Chamber Music 1899
Danse des Elfes, Op. 86, No. 2 Chamber Music 1988
Ugye Jani, Op. 92 Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 0
Walzer-paraphrase, Op. 105 Chamber Music 1911
Variations sur un theme hongrois, Op. 72 Chamber Music 1897
The Flower´s Tale, Op. 30 / Blumenleben, Op. 30 Chamber Music 0
Végvári-dalok, Op. 113 !to be determined 1920
Zephir, Op. 30, No. 5 Chamber Music 0
Five Songs, Op. 17 / Cinq Mélodies, Op. 17 Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1876
Five Songs, Op. 53 / Fünf Gesänge, Op. 53 Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 1894
Five Songs, Op. 8 / Fünf Lieder, Op. 8 Solo voice(s) with solo instrument(s) 0
Five Concert Studies, Op 115 / Fünf Konzertetuden, Op. 115 Chamber Music 0
Five Mixed Choir, Op. 94 Mixed choir 0