György Cziffra was a Hungarian virtuoso pianist and composer. He is considered to be one of . ELIZABETH, D.M.A. Hungarian Gypsy Style in the Lisztian Spirit: Georges Cziffra’s Two Transcriptions of Brahms’ Fifth Hungarian Dance. Hungarian Gypsy Style in the Lisztian Spirit: Georges Cziffra’s Two Transcriptions of Brahms’ Fifth Hungarian Dance. UNCG Author/Contributor. Georges Cziffra’s Two Transcriptions of Brahms’ Fifth Hungarian Dance. () Liszt and Brahms with Hungarian music in the gypsy style and.

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György Cziffra

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Chapter 3 examines the acquaintance of Liszt and Brahms with Hungarian music in the gypsy style and reviews basic information about Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies and Brahms’ Hungarian Dances. His successful Paris debut the following year preceded his London debut czifdra the Royal Festival Hall playing Liszt ‘s first piano concerto and Hungarian Fantasy which was also well received.

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Selected examples of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies are provided to support the identification of Lisztian features in Cziffra’s work. After attempting to escape communist Hungary in he was again imprisoned and subject to hard labour in the period — Cziffra died in Longpont-sur-OrgeEssonneFrance, aged 72, from a heart attack [8] resulting from a series of complications from lung cancer. He is considered to be one of the greatest pianists of all time.

His deep fascination with Franz Liszt’s music influenced his playing style and musical spirit, and his critics, highly speaking of his Romantic pianism and especially emphasizing his virtuosity, often held him as one of the most outstanding Liszt performers of our age. His earliest training in piano came from watching his sister practice.

The characteristic elements of the Hungarian gypsy musicians’ improvisatory style, which influenced and inspired both Liszt and Brahms, as well as Cziffra, receive particular attention.

Hungarian Gypsy Style in the Lisztian Spirit: Views Read Edit View history. Cziffra always performed with a large leather wristband to support the ligaments of his wrist, brhms were damaged after czifgra was forced to carry pounds of concrete up six flights of stairs during his two years in a labor camp.


Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: He learned without sheet music, instead repeating and improvising over tunes sung by his parents. Inhe founded the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu in the Auvergne, and three years later he inaugurated the piano competition brwhms after him at Versailles.

Retrieved from ” https: However, his promising career was cut short by his death in an apartment fire czfifra Cziffra’s love for Hungarian themes moved him to perform and record numerous improvisations based on Magyar melodies. After the war he earned a living playing in Budapest bars and clubs, [2] [5] touring with a European Jazz band from — and earning recognition as a superb Jazz pianist and virtuoso.

The focus of the paper is on Georges Cziffra’s two piano transcriptions czjffra of Brahms’ Fifth Hungarian Dance He became a French citizen nrahms In Cannons and Flowershis autobiography, which has been described as “a hallucinatory journey through privation, acclaim, hostility and personal tragedy”, Cziffra recounts his life story up until Retrieved 11 April Brshms Cziffra escaped with his wife and son to Vienna, where his recital was warmly received.

Dissertation, University of North Carolina Greensboro, Then the focus of this chapter is on the evolution of the Fifth Hungarian Dance from its sources through Brahms to the transcriptions of Cziffra, including the examination of Cziffra’s transcription in comparison to the version.

Retrieved 5 June Examples from Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies serve to identify the Lisztian features in Cziffra’s transcriptions.

In he founded the Cziffra Foundation, sited in the Saint Frambourg chapel in Senlis, Oisewhich barhms bought and restored, with the aim of helping young musicians at the outset of their careers.

Hungarian Gypsy Style in the Lisztian Spirit: Email this document to. She had decided she was going to learn the piano after finding a job which allowed her to save the required amount of money for buying an upright piano.


Pianistcomposerarranger. He gave numerous concerts in Hungary, Scandinavia and the Netherlands. His parents had lived in Paris before World War Iwhen they were expelled as enemy aliens. He was captured by Russian partisans and held as a prisoner of war. Cziffra, who was weak as a child, often watched his sister practice, and mimicked her. Allgemeine Enzyklopedie der Musik. Chapter 5 consists of information about the sources of the popular themes that Brahms used for the Hungarian Dances.

Chapter 2 offers a brief history of the Hungarian gypsy musicians, depicts their life and social status in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, examines the most characteristic elements of their performance technique, and portrays their musical-stylistic influence on Hungarian music, the stylistic conglomeration of which became the foundation for the renowned style hongrois.

Hungary was allied with the Axis during the Second World War.

György Cziffra – Wikipedia

Grandes Etudes de Concert I Frankfurt: Cziffra was born to a poor family in Budapest in A Dictionary for the Modern Pianist. This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Cziffra’s musical and transcribing brahks and a general discussion of his Transcriptions: This article is about the pianist. The detection of the characteristic elements of the Hungarian gypsies’ improvisatory style will receive particular attention.

Cziffra had just married his wife Soleilka, who was pregnant when he entered military training. The examination and analysis of these two versions in comparison with the original Hungarian sources and Brahms’ own arrangement reveal Cziffra’s style as a virtuoso improviser and transcriber.

His unit was sent to the Russian front. Later in his life he preserved many of his own extemporized adaptations in notation, including his transcriptions of fifteen of the Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms.