SZTE Bartók Béla Faculty of Arts greeted World Music Day with lightning concerts

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The Szeged Violin Ensemble drew attention to the light beauty of what was said to be serious music when he began playing music at the Rector’s Building of the University of Szeged. Meanwhile, the woodwinds were cheering at him at the TIC. On October 1, 2019, at the World Music Day, the University of Szeged gave the Bartók Béla Faculty of Arts a gift of lightning concerts. The string of musical surprises continues.

“If people are happier for five minutes, then it’s worth making music,” said Professor Péter Tóth, The head of the Department of Music Theory of the Béla Bartók Faculty of Arts at the University of Szeged applauded the suddenly mixed audience in the university building. The enthusiastic applause for Prof. dr. Ferenc Szecsődi and the Szeged Violin Ensemble founded by him are grateful for the lightning concert.

A unique band

The Szeged Violin Ensemble is a unique formation in the world! Why? For example, because violinists play musical pieces written for four songs. Founded by Prof. Dr. Ferenc Szecsődi ten years ago, the so-called “tall musical instruments” dominate the string quartet. However, few people have written music for such a special ensemble, so the ensemble comes to the audience mostly with pieces arranged by the violinist.

“Music is wonderful. That is why I am sorry that only a few go to concerts. True, Szeged lacks a concert hall worthy of the rank of the city and the university”, said Prof. Dr. Ferenc Szecsődi, “At this time, on World Music Day, we are surprising the audience at unusual places to draw attention to the light beauty of what is said to be serious.”

Violin teacher Enikő Nagy, musician Teréz Pásztor, Ervin Dudás Virág, Polli Rácz, Enikő Liptai , Zoltán Benedekfi, and Prof. Dr. Ferenc Szecsődi were among the violin teachers at Szeged Violin Ensemble.  Popular composers – including Bach, Händel, Mozart, Giovanni Battista Martini, Massenet and Webber – charmed the audience with well-known tunes. For the 10th year, every year in June, the Szeged Violin Ensemble is also a success in the concert series created by Prof. Dr. Ferenc Szecsődi . This is the “Celebration of the Hungarian Violin” , it is also a celebration of contemporary composers, who can show their works. For example, in June 2019, when they played the pieces of two instructors of the SZTE Bartók Béla Faculty – István Benedekfi and Péter Tóth .

For music flash mob

“I chose the art education here because of the reputation of the string instrument teachers at the University of Szeged,” Enikő Liptai, a freshman, told me. The Szecsődi student was born in Eger, and came from the Béla Bartók Music High School in Budapest to the Béla Bartók Faculty of Arts, University of Szeged.

She gave his first concert with the Szeged Violin Ensemble at the lightning concert of the World Music Day 2019 by Enikő Liptai . According to SZTE BBMK violinist student, the music flash mob will enrich the life of Szeged and the university and will involve the person on the street in the beautiful world of music.

After the premiere

Six years ago, when I became a dean, we figured out that we celebrate World Music Day by playing music. At that time, it was not considered relevant. However, on October 1, everyone from the faculty and students of the Faculty of Music of the University of Szeged remembered the idea of ​​the founder of the musical flax mob, Prof. Dr. Péter Tóth, who has been renamed since August 2019. to be mentioned is the Deputy Dean of the Béla Bartók Faculty of Arts, SZTE.

His music, “Resurrectio”, in honor of Szeged, celebrating its 330th birthday, was heard by the audience on September 15, 2019, after the Dome Square premiere this summer.

“Everyday is” World Music Day “for me,” said Prof. Dr. Péter Tóth. The concert calendar of the SZTE BBMK composer is busy: next time on October 11, 2019, the choir will perform at the Ervin Szabó Library in Budapest, and two days later in Barcelona. At the Festetics Palace, the Mini-Festival in Budapest awaits the same as in Kőszeg and Nyíregyháza. The series of surprises continues: a trio of Péter Tóth will perform at István Vántus Contemporary Music Days at 7 pm in the Fricsay Hall of the BBMK building on November 19, 2019.

SZTEinfo – Ilona Újszászi
Photos: Anna Bobkó


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