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Piano Concerto - III. mvt 5'39"

József Balog – piano, Duna Orch., cond. by A. Deák

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"The entire piece is characterised by an uninterrupted, rich invention, a brilliant composing technique in terms of both form and scoring, and an obvious “audience-friendly” tone. All of this, consequently, almost predestines the piece for a popularity unusual in the case of contemporary music. This was also supported by the enthusiastic welcome of the premiere.”

News

Cantemus Choir wins in Cantonigròs with two Gyöngyösi-pieces

Soma Szabó and the Cantemus Choir

As we can read in announcement of results, the Cantemus Choir (Nyíregyháza, Hungary), conducted by Soma Szabó, has reached a big success: on the International Choir Competition of Cantonigròs, Spain, won prizes in two categories.

On the competition participated 29 choirs of 19 countries. The ladies of Cantemus won 2. prize in the Female Choirs category, i. a. with my Quo ibo a spiritu tuo, then the whole choir won 1. prize in the Mixed Choirs category. Part of their program was my Puer natus in Bethlehem.

The World Choir Games in Sochi begins in few days

Work as a jury member

In general, it is a very funny thing to work as a jury member on a choir competition: in summer, in beautiful cities, in festival mood, in company of very large number of choir singers (up to 10.000.), the worthy jury member can hear beautiful choir music.

And, if he is a composer, he can get a full overview about the actual situation of the contemporary choir music: which composers's works are sung by everybody, who are rising and who are descending. This is a very good market, the only one in contemporary music that can work according the rules of a real market.

Two new pieces for female choir

The first page of new Regina coeli

In last years I am in a very good professional relationship and also friendship with Dénes Szabó, the "magician" of Hungarian music life, inventor of one of the most beautiful choir sounds in the universe. From time to time they perform new choir pieces of mine, and this can be heard now on already two CD-s.

For the concert tour in this year I've written two new pieces for Cantemus Children's Choir, sung in Latin: Dominus Iesus in qua nocte and Regina coeli. This two pieces can be performed also together...

Choir videos from the concert in October 2015 can be seen now

The poster of the concert

I am pleased to report that, due to my friend Szilárd Rábai, the videos from my choir pieces made on the concert in St Emerich Church on October 11, 2015 can be seen now on my webpage.

The wonderful Pro Musica Girl's Choir from Nyíregyháza sang a total of 9 choir pieces, on very high level (as usual), with a deep and moving musicality. They were conducted by their multi-awarded, world-famous conductor, Dénes Szabó.

The Master and Margarita, a new musical in preparation

The Master and Margarita - first edition

The longest. The most exhausting. The most distressful.

Yet, to write a musical-theatrical piece based on Mikhail Afanasievich Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita is the most challenging task of my life as a composer; to write a piece from this mystic novel, the evergreen favourite of my anaesthesiologist-ambulance man friend, Zoltán Csordás, who, already at the beginning of our friendship when I did not even know anything about Russian literature, let alone read the novel, could talk about it for hours upon hours. We gave lectures in Józsi Reményi’s flat on some important things almost on a weekly basis. I think it was in 1998: I focused on Figaro; he talked about The Master and Margarita. It was at the time when they visited Moscow together with Józsi. They made a pilgrimage to every scene, took numerous pictures and back home at the occasion of the lecture, he showed us Bolshaya Sadovaya 302 bis, Patriarch’s Ponds, Sparrow Hills in the photos. 

As I mentioned before, I did not read the book then but as I was listening to the philological analyses of Csordás, it became obvious that this was a very significant and exciting work.

The Japanese tour has come to an end

At the foot of Fuji

Amazing Japan! For how long I had been wishing to finally get there!

A country where the tiniest piece of life can be lifted to an artistic level! A country where the battle to get into the overcrowded underground is fought with courtesy and some reservation! A country where present and past are linked in the most exciting way! A country that works.

Between the 3rd and 14th December, 2015, I gave eight lectures and rehearsed my choir pieces with eleven choirs, three of which being especially first rank.