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.

Rózsavölgyi Márk


Place of Birth
Date of Birth

1789 (or 1787?) Balassagyarmat - January 23 1848 Pest

He is descendant of the composer and violin artist family of merchants, the Rosenthals. He finished his early-started violin studies in Prague, where temporarily he made a living from writing.

In 1808 he got to Pest, where he worked as first violinist at the Hungarian theatrical company. In 1813 he moved to Baja and settled down until the fire of 1819, when he moved to Pécs. Later he was violinist of the theater orchestra of Temesvár. Between 1821 and 1833 he lived in Baja again, but meanwhile he toured all over Hungary.

His compositions became popular and were in many collected editions (e.g. Hungarian Tunes from Veszprém County). In 1833 he moved to Pest, but he continued his concert tours. In 1837 he contracted to the Hungarian Theater of Pest (predecessor of the National Theater).

Until his death he maintained a cordial friendship with Petőfi, who wrote an appreciative article on Rózsavölgyi’s performance style for the Hungarian Fashion Magazine in 1844.

He was one of the last representatives of high class verbunkos (recruiting music), also the first Hungarian composer of csárdás.

Major works:
Four Hungarian Tunes for One or Two Violins (Pest), National Tunes for Piano Forte (3rd issue, Pest, 1833-1834), Sounds of Remembrance in Hungarian National Tunes (1836), Daybreak Hungarian Tune (1842), Jolly Caprice (csardas, 1846), Charlotte-Csardas (1846), The Treasure Hunters of Visegrád (comic opera), incidental music to the drama „Elijah’s Cap” (1827).
Title Type Year
First Hungarian Round Dance String orchestra 1842
Hear! Hear! - Csárdás String orchestra 1847
Stirring Tune - Csárdás String orchestra 1846