Composition database

This is the Composition Database of BMC, which includes information about works by composers that are either Hungarian or Hungarian by origin or live in Hungary.

Title of the work

To be or not


Original / Hungarian title
Lenni vagy nem
Foreign language / English title
To be or not
Oratorio in remembrance of the Treaty of Trianon, on the text by András Visky
Year of composition

Solo voice(s), choir & orchestra
S., A., T., B. soli - mixed choir (S-A-T-B) - 2 fl., 2 ob., 2 cl., 2 fg. - 4 cor., 2 tr., 3 trb., tuba - timp., perc. (cmalpi., vibr., camp., trg., ptti., tmb.picc.c.c., 3 tom-tom, tam-tam, gr.c.) - arpa - strings: vl. 1, vl. 2, vla., vlc., cb.
32 min

Movements, parts
1. Hol vagy, Kolozsvár? / Where are you Kolozsvár?
2. Menjen föl a fény! / Let the light go up!
3. Sűrű köd, szeptember 30 / Dense fog, September 30
4. Lenni vagy nem lenni / To be or not to be
5. Miatyánk / Our Fahter

VISKY, András
Commissioned by
Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra
Premiere information
4 June 2021, Kodály Center, Pécs, Hungary; Pannon Philharmonic Orchestra, Tibor Bogányi (cond.)
Publisher / Source
Kontrapunkt Music Ltd. © 2020, K-0502
Available here!
Remarks, other info
The 4th movement of contains an excerpt from W. Shakeseare´s Hamlet (Hungarian translation by János Arany)