Ernő Dohnányi

Ernő Dohnányi (1877-1960)

Nationality: Hungarian
Born: July 27, 1877, Pozsony (now Bratislava) Died: February 9, 1960, New York (age 82)

String Quartet No. 1 in A major, Op. 7

(for 2 violins, viola and cello)
8:41 I. Allegro
6:11 II. Allegro grazioso
7:12 III. Molto adagio con espressione
6:11 IV. Finale. Vivace
Duration: 31 minutes (approximately)
Composed: 1899 (age 21-22)
Published: 1903, Vienna: Verlag Ludwig Doblinger (age 25-26)
4 recordings, 16 videos
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9:25
Psophos Quartet
I. Allegro
5:33
Psophos Quartet
I. Allegro
8:06
Psophos Quartet
I. Allegro
5:40
Psophos Quartet
I. Allegro
10:16
Kocian Quartet
I. Allegro
6:01
Kocian Quartet
II. Allegro grazioso
6:22
Kocian Quartet
III. Molto adagio con espressione
6:02
Kocian Quartet
IV. Finale. Vivace
10:18
Kodály Quartet
I. Allegro
6:01
Kodály Quartet
II. Allegro grazioso
6:43
Kodály Quartet
III. Molto adagio con espressione
5:58
Kodály Quartet
IV. Finale. Vivace
11:31
Fine Arts Quartet
I. Allegro
6:31
Fine Arts Quartet
II. Allegro grazioso
8:32
Fine Arts Quartet
III. Molto adagio con espressione
6:33
Fine Arts Quartet
IV. Finale. Vivace
From Edition Silvertrust

Ernö Dohnányi Ernst von Dohnanyi (1877-1960) (Ernö Dohnányi in Hungarian) is generally regarded, after Liszt, as Hungary’s most versatile musician. He was active as a concert pianist, composer, conductor and teacher and must be considered one of the chief influences on Hungary’s musical life in the 20th century. Certainly, his chamber music is very fine, with most of it being in the masterwork category. Yet, sadly and inexplicably, it has virtually disappeared from the concert stage. Dohnanyi studied piano and composition in his native Pressburg (Bratislava) before entering the Budapest Academy. His first published work, his Piano Quintet No.1, was championed by no less an authority than Johannes Brahms. Upon graduating in the spring of 1897, Dohnanyi embarked on a dazzling career as a concert artist, often playing in chamber ensembles. Later, he also devoted considerable time to teaching and conducting.

Dohnanyi’s String Quartet No.1 in A Major, Op.7 was composed in 1899 and published in 1903. The opening movement, Allegro begins with a spacious and leisurely theme. A second theme is used to create a short scherzo-interludes. The second movement, Allegro grazioso, is an intermezzo consists of a theme and set of five variations. The third movement, Molto adagio con espressione, opens with a noble theme whose development becomes rhythmically quite intricate. The striking finale, Vivace, is the most striking begins with a snakey melody, probably of Hungarian origin. A second theme, in which the lower three voices play double-stops creating a bagpipe-like effect, whilst the melody in the first violin recalls, the sound of oriental or Turkish music.

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