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SEIBER, Matyas
b Budapest, 4 May 1905
d Kruger National Park, S Africa, 24 September l960, aged fifty-five

He was born into a musical family, and began studying cello at the age of ten. From 1919 to 1924 he studied at the Budapest Academy of Music with Kodaly; then he taught in Frankfurt. In 1927 he joined a ship's orchestra as a cellist, and came back to Frankfurt in 1928 to join the staff of the Hoch Conservatory, and to conduct at theatres in the city. He went to England in 1935 and stayed there for the rest of his life. He taught at Morley College from 1942 to 1957; founded, with Chagrin, the SPNM in 1943; and founded the Dorian Singers in 1945. He frequently went abroad to festivals and to lecture, and it was while he was lecturing at South African universities that he was killed in a car crash.

1924 (19)

String Quartet No 1

Sarabande and Gigue, for cello and piano

Missa Brevis, for unaccompanied chorus

1925 (20)

Serenade, for six wind instruments

Sonata da Camera, for cello and violin

1926-8 (21-3)

Divertimento for clarinet and string quartet

1934 (29)

Eva spielt mit Puppen, opera

String Quartet No 2 (1934-5)

1940 (35)

Besardo Suite No 1

1941 (36)

Besardo Suite No 2, for strings

Transylvanian Rhapsody

Fantasy, for cello and piano

Pastorale and Burlesque, for flute and strings (1941-2)

1942 (37)

Balaton, opera

La Blanchisseuse, ballet music

1943-4 (38-9)

Fantasia Concertante, for violin and strings

1944 (39)

Notturno, for horn and strings

1945 (40)

Phantasy, for flute, horn and strings

1948 (43)

Johnny Miner, radio opera

String Quartet No 3, Quartetto Lyrico (1948-51)

1949 (44)

Ulysses, cantata (possibly 1946-7)

Andantino and Pastorale, for clarinet and piano

1951 (46)

The Seasons, for orchestra

Concertino, for clarinet and strings

1953 (48)

Three Pieces for cello and orchestra

1954 (49)

Elegy, for violin and small orchestra

To Poetry, song cycle

1958 (53)

Permutazione a cinque, for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, chamber cantata

1959 (54)

Improvisation for Jazz Band and Symphony Orchestra (with Dankworth)

1960 (55)

Invitation, ballet

A Three-cornered Fanfare

Performed posthumously:

1962 Violin Sonata

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