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Ferenc Farkas

December 15, 1905 - October 10, 2000
born in Nagykanizsa, Hungary, composed during the Modern period
In a life extending nearly the entire breadth of the twentieth century, Hungarian composer Ferenc Farkas fashioned a personal idiom of refreshing vitality. In form, largely diatonic, it spoke a richer language, one of harmonic variety, rhythmic energy, and melodic appeal. In addition to his career as a creative musician, he was a respected pedagogue whose pupils included György Ligeti, Sándor Szokolay, and György Kurtág. Further, he wrote on musical subjects for various publications, particularly on issues of folk music.

Beginning his piano training at age eight, Farkas studied privately at first, later at the National Conservatory in Budapest. After completion of his secondary education, he studied composition with Albert Sikós and Leó Weiner at the Budapest Academy of Music, receiving his diploma in 1927. For two years he served as an assistant conductor at Budapest's Municipal Theatre. Winning a state-funded scholarship, he was then able to journey to Italy to participate in advanced composition courses taught by Ottorino Respighi at Rome's Accademia di Santa Cecilia. Apart from his studies, he seized the opportunity to travel in Italy and through the Iberian peninsula. When Farkas returned to Budapest in 1930, he made his professional debut performing a recital of his own compositions. In 1933, he traveled once more, this time to Vienna. The following year, he went to Denmark to work in film scoring for the Nordisk Company. Another journey took him to Paris before he was appointed in 1935 to be instructor of composition at Budapest's advanced Municipal Music School. After serving as professor of music at Kolozsvár's Conservatory of Music beginning in 1941, Farkas was appointed the institution's director in 1943. A similar position at Székesfehérvar in 1946 preceded his appointment as professor of music at the Budapest Academy of Music, a post he held until his retirement in 1975. Much honored, Farkas was awarded the Hungarian Liszt Prize in 1933, the Ferenc Jóseph Prize in 1934, the Klebelsberg Prize in 1943, and in 1950, Hungary's highest honor for artistic achievement: the Kossuth Prize. From 1932 to 1973, Farkas contributed scores to 29 films. Five operas occupied him between 1942 and 1980, The Magic Cupboard first among them. His incidental music for plays, especially those by Shakespeare, remains significant. ~ Erik Eriksson, Rovi
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Track List: Ferenc Farkas: Complete Wind Quintets

Title: Serenade For Wind Quintet

1. Serenade For Wind Quintet: Allegro

2. Serenade For Wind Quintet: Andante Espressivo

3. Serenade For Wind Quintet: Saltarello

Title: Four Pieces For Double Bass & Wind Quintet

4. Four Pieces For Double Bass & Wind Quintet: Intrada

5. Four Pieces For Double Bass & Wind Quintet: Scherzo

6. Four Pieces For Double Bass & Wind Quintet: Petit Poeme

7. Four Pieces For Double Bass & Wind Quintet: Rondo

Title: Gyümölcskosár (Fruit Basket Songs), For Soprano & Wind Quintet

8. Gyümölcskosár (Fruit Basket Songs), For Soprano & Wind Quintet: Gaspar

9. Gyümölcskosár (Fruit Basket Songs), For Soprano & Wind Quintet: Ladika (The Magic Box)

10. Gyümölcskosár (Fruit Basket Songs), For Soprano & Wind Quintet: Marasztalas (Sunbeams)

11. Gyümölcskosár (Fruit Basket Songs), For Soprano & Wind Quintet: Falusi Reggel (Morning In The Village)

12. Gyümölcskosár (Fruit Basket Songs), For Soprano & Wind Quintet: Mondoka (Violets)

13. Gyümölcskosár (Fruit Basket Songs), For Soprano & Wind Quintet: A Kobeka (The Stone Frog)

14. Gyümölcskosár (Fruit Basket Songs), For Soprano & Wind Quintet: Altatodal (Lullaby)

15. Gyümölcskosár (Fruit Basket Songs), For Soprano & Wind Quintet: Szancsengo (Sleighbells)

16. Gyümölcskosár (Fruit Basket Songs), For Soprano & Wind Quintet: Bekakiraly (Frog King)

17. Gyümölcskosár (Fruit Basket Songs), For Soprano & Wind Quintet: A Tunder (The Little Elf)

18. Gyümölcskosár (Fruit Basket Songs), For Soprano & Wind Quintet: Paprika Jancsi Szerenadja (Harlequin Serenade)

19. Gyümölcskosár (Fruit Basket Songs), For Soprano & Wind Quintet: Deli Felhok (Midday Cloud)

Title: Early Hungarian Dances (5) From The 17th Century, For Wind Quintet

20. Early Hungarian Dances (5) From The 17th Century, For Wind Quintet: Intrada

21. Early Hungarian Dances (5) From The 17th Century, For Wind Quintet: Lento

22. Early Hungarian Dances (5) From The 17th Century, For Wind Quintet: Danza Della Scapole

23. Early Hungarian Dances (5) From The 17th Century, For Wind Quintet: Chorea

24. Early Hungarian Dances (5) From The 17th Century, For Wind Quintet: Saltarello

Title: Rondo Capriccio For Violin & Wind Quintet

25. Rondo Capriccio For Violin & Wind Quintet: Rondo Capriccio

Title: Lavottiana, For Wind Quintet

26. Lavottiana, For Wind Quintet: Indulas Pannonia Fele (March To Pannonia)

27. Lavottiana, For Wind Quintet: Menuet

28. Lavottiana, For Wind Quintet: Phoebus Quintet

29. Lavottiana, For Wind Quintet: Nemet Tancnota (German Dance-tune)

30. Lavottiana, For Wind Quintet: Rondo Vigadozas A Korcsmaban (Rondo In The Inn)

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