Erkel, Ferenc

OPERA COMPOSER, PIANIST, CONDUCTOR (HUNGARY)
BORN 7 Nov 1810, Gyula - DIED 25 Jun 1893, Budapest
GRAVE LOCATION Budapest: Kerepesi cemetery (29-1-6)

Descended from a family that had live in Pozsony (now Bratislava) for a long time. He was pianist and conductor at the National Theatre and is regarded as the inventor of Hungarian opera. From 1838 onwards he conducted at the National Theatre in Pest where he produced his opera's. From 1875 to 1888 he was the leader of the Hungarian Academy of Music.

His second opera "Hunyadi László" (1844) was an immediate succes and it became Hungary's national opera. His other huge succes was "Bánk Bán" (1861), based on the drama by Joseph Katona's. His later works, ofthen written in collaboration with his sons, were less succesful.

Erkel's statue (1881) by Alajos Stróbl is located in a niche to the entrance of the Opera House in Budapest.

Related persons
• was a friend of Liszt, Franz

Sources
• Prahacs, Margit, Franz Liszt, Briefe aus Ungarischen Sammlungen 1835-1886, Bärenreiter, Kassel, 1966
• Adler, Josef, Handbuch der Grabstätten, 2. Band, Die Grabstätte der Europäer, Deutsches Kunstverlag, München, 1986
http://www.988.com/composers/erkel_ferenc.php

Images

Ferenc Erkel's tomb at the Kerepesi cemetery, Budapest.
Picture by Androom (29 Jan 2001)

 


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Published: 1 Jan 2006
Last update: 23 Jul 2006