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Erkel, Ferenc

Born: 1810 AD
Died: 1893 AD
Nationality: Hungarian
Categories: Composers

1810 – Born in Gyula on November 7th. Hungarian composer, conductor and pianist.

1835-1837 – He played and taught the piano in Kolozsvár, then settled in the capital, conducting opera, appearing as a piano soloist and composing instrumental pieces with Hungarian themes.

1838 – He was conductor at the National Theatre, Pest (succeeded by Hans Richter), and for the Philharmonic Concerts which he founded, composing mainly shorter works from this time onwards, including the well-known népszínm&udblac.

1840-1844 – His well-received Bátori Mária led quickly to Hunyadi László, the most successful of his operas in Hungary.

         – Composed Két pisztoly and A rab and the Hungarian national anthem.

1861 – His strikingly successful Bánk bán, written with his most talented sons Gyula and Sándor, represents the culmination of his native operatic style.

1893 – Died on June 15th in Budapest.