Newly formed Ernö Dohnányi Society seeks members
28 January 2014
Erno Dohnanyi (1877-1960)© Tully Potter Collection
A society dedicated to the music of Ernö Dohnányi (1877-1960) has been formed, with pianist Martin Roscoe named as honorary president. The group, which is currently internet-based, plans to adopt a formal constitution and organise regular meetings in due course.
Roscoe, who has been championing Dohnányi for many years, believes that the repertoire has much to offer: ‘I think he is a composer who deserves to be better known; there are only a handful of pieces that are ever played. For example, the Variations on a Nursery Song used to be a popular piece in the 1950s but it only gets a rare outing now.
‘The repertoire is beautifully crafted, it has a lot of variety and although it comes from the grand Romantic tradition of Liszt and Brahms there is an individuality that speaks to audiences. And there is a lot of piano music; I’m in the process of recording it for Hyperion – I start recording the third disc in April and the final one in May next year. A lot of it is approachable for amateur players, although some is extremely difficult.
‘There is also some fantastic chamber music – and two piano concertos,’ adds Roscoe. ‘Dohnányi was a hugely important figure in the first half of the 20th century in Europe as a pianist, conductor and composer, and as head of the Franz Liszt Academy he taught many famous pianists such as Annie Fischer. A colossal figure.’
Those interested in becoming members are invited to contact Tom Teague at email@example.com or Robert Aston at firstname.lastname@example.org.