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Encyclopedia > Ferenc Erkel

Ferenc Erkel (November 7, 1810, Gyula - June 25, 1893, Budapest) was a Hungarian composer. He was the father of Hungarian grand opera, written mainly on historical themes, which are still often performed in Hungary. He also composed the music of "Isten, áldd meg a magyart", the national anthem of Hungary, which was adopted in 1844. The librettos of his first four operas were written by Béni Egressy. Beside the operas, which he is the best known of, he wrote pieces for piano and chorus. His most widely known piano piece is the Rákóczi March (1840). November 7 is the 311th day of the year (312th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 54 days remaining. ... 1810 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... Gyula (Romanian: Giula) is a town in Békés county in south-eastern Hungary. ... June 25 is the 176th day of the year (177th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 189 days remaining. ... 1893 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Budapest (pronounced BOO-dah-pesht, IPA ), the capital city of Hungary and the countrys principal political, industrial, commercial and transportation centre, has more than 1. ... This article is about opera as an art form. ... Himnusz — the song beginning with the words Isten, áldd meg a magyart (God, bless the Hungarian) — is the official national anthem of Hungary. ... The National Anthem is the name of a song by the band Radiohead. ... 1844 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


He headed the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra (founded in 1853). The Hungarian State Opera House in Budapest was opened in 1884, of which he was the musical director. A department of the Opera House was established in 1911 in Budapest which also performs operas, named Erkel Színház (Erkel Theatre) since 1953. He was also the director and piano teacher of the Hungarian Academy of Music until 1886. The Hungarian State Opera House (formerly the Budapest Royal Opera) was built in 1884 by Miklós Ybl. ...


Erkel was an internationally acknowledged chess player as well. From left, a white king, black rook and queen, white pawn, black knight, and white bishop in Staunton chess pieces. ...


Operas

  • Bátori Mária (1840)
  • Hunyadi László (1844)
  • Erzsébet (1857, partly by him)
  • Bánk bán (1861)
  • Sarolta (1862)
  • Dózsa György (1867)
  • Brankovics György (1874)
  • Névtelen hősök (1880, "Nameless heroes")
  • István király (1885, "King Stephen")

László Hunyadi (1433 – 1457) was a Hungarian statesman and warrior. ... George Dozsa (Romanian: Gheorghe Doja, Hungarian: Dózsa György) (died 1514) was a Szekler squire (by some accounts a nobleman) from Transylvania who led a so-called peasants revolt against the nobility. ... A statue of Stephen the Great King Stephen the Great or St. ...

External links

  • Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra (http://www.bpo.hu/history_eng.htm) (in English)
  • Opera.hu (http://www.opera.hu/) (in English as well)

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Ferenc Erkel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (265 words)
Ferenc Erkel (November 7, 1810, Gyula - June 25, 1893, Budapest) was a Hungarian composer.
He was the father of Hungarian grand opera, written mainly on historical themes, which are still often performed in Hungary.
Erkel was an internationally acknowledged chess player as well.
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