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The well awaited 9th volume of GAMES by György Kurtág is published

The piano series entitled Games, written from 1973 onwards, was conceived originally as a piano method. Its early volumes introduced children to the basic elements in piano-playing and musical thinking, and, more importantly still, taught them to play music without inhibitions. As the years went by, the view of the series lost its didactic character. It came to be seen as a document from Kurtág’s workshop, offering a key to his grander symphonic, chamber and vocal works as well. This change is exemplified in the subtitle Diary entries, personal messages added from the fifth volume onwards.
The pieces in the ninth volume date from 1989‒2009, except the youthful Apple blossom, written in 1947. The movements, often aphoristic in their briefness, conceal associations with various aspects of European music history. Many of them are hommage or in memoriam pieces, or subjective personal messages to friends, colleagues, beloved family members or students, and thereby to all music-loving people.

Sing ‒ Oscar-winning Hungarian short film with music by Árpád Balázs, Lajos Bárdos and Leó Weiner

Director Kristóf Deák’s Sing (entitled Mindenki ‒ Everyone ‒ in Hungarian) has won the 2017 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. It covers in 25 minutes the personal relations, humiliations, rebellions and daily conflicts that must be resolved even in childhood, through a story involving a school choir and the teacher who heads it. Alongside the roles of a little girl, her friend, and the teacher, there is another leading part in the film, played by the music. The story gains life and credibility from the choral works Elderflower (Bodzavirág) by Árpád Balázs, Bullfight (Bikaviadal) by Lajos Bárdos, and Fox Dance (Rókatánc) by Leó Weiner.

In Memoriam Kamilló Lendvay (1928-2016)

Composer Kamilló Lendvay passed away on 30 November 2016 at the age of 88. He was one of the most important members of the generation of Hungarian composers whose careers began in the 1950s. 


In Memoriam Zoltán Kocsis (1952-2016)

Virtuoso Hungarian pianist and conductor Zoltán Kocsis dies aged 64.

We are proud and grateful that we could be the publishers of his compositions and transcriptions in the past decades. 

With sadness we also realize that we must continue further common projects on our own

Spotlight on Leo Weiner

Leó Weiner (1885–1960) belonged to a generation of composers including Dohnányi, Bartók and Kodály; however, his music is in an entirely different orbit. At the age of 21, he finished his studies at the Budapest Academy of Music as a composer with various prizes and laudations. He turned to music with Hungarian intonation very early, although it was the German and French masters between Beethoven and Brahms who exerted a decisive influence on his personal style, conservative and attractively colorful at the same time. Most of his compositions are orchestral, chamber and piano works; however, he also composed an excellent ballet and a couple of choruses. More...

For the composer of Flowers we are... - for his 90th birthday

Flowers we are… – Seven notes, which not only cover the piano's entire range but practically György Kurtág's entire life’s work. Already it is there, concealed in the Op. 1 quartet, confessionally in The Sayings of Peter Bornemissza, in the Games piano pieces, in numerous solo, chamber and orchestral works. As in all great music and every significant artistic creation, it is about man's beauty, fragility, fallibility and fears. And as is: Kurtág's art.

The whole musical world celebrates Kurtág on February 19. Our birthday present is two new publications: one is the piano piece composed in 2013, entitled …couple egyptienne en route vers l’inconnu… (…an Egyptian couple on the way to the unknown…) which was inspired by a more than 4000-year-old Egyptian statue. The other is the reproduction of the music notebook, into which, over 32 years, György Kurtág copied a succession of newly ready movements of the series of Games for Zoltán Kocsis. This notebook – Kocsis Zoli's manuscript book – is a constant participant even now in those concerts where Kocsis plays Kurtág's works.


EMBrace music

Embrace Music — That is the motto we have adopted this year. In other words, we want to help you to make music an integral part of your life.

Music is all around us these days; it stimulates us more intensely and prevalently than ever before. But do we relate to it passively or actively? Are we merely consumers or makers of music as well?

We at EMB know that making music brings joy. That joy is multiplied and shared by playing to others. What’s more, making music develops individual values, such as concentration, openness, sensitivity, collaboration, and concern for others.

Our aim is to allow as many people of all ages to experience the wonder and value of music.


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