György Cziffra was a Hungarian virtuoso pianist and composer. He is considered to be one of . ELIZABETH, D.M.A. Hungarian Gypsy Style in the Lisztian Spirit: Georges Cziffra’s Two Transcriptions of Brahms’ Fifth Hungarian Dance. Hungarian Gypsy Style in the Lisztian Spirit: Georges Cziffra’s Two Transcriptions of Brahms’ Fifth Hungarian Dance. UNCG Author/Contributor. Georges Cziffra’s Two Transcriptions of Brahms’ Fifth Hungarian Dance. () Liszt and Brahms with Hungarian music in the gypsy style and.

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Retrieved 5 June He gave numerous concerts in Hungary, Scandinavia and the Netherlands.

Cziffra was born to a poor family in Budapest in His successful Paris debut the following year preceded his London debut at the Royal Festival Hall playing Liszt ‘s first piano concerto and Hungarian Fantasy which was also well received. Cziffra’s musical and transcribing style and a general discussion of his Transcriptions: Chapter 2 offers a brief history of the Hungarian gypsy musicians, depicts their life and social status in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, examines the most characteristic elements of their performance technique, and portrays their musical-stylistic influence on Hungarian music, the stylistic conglomeration of which became the foundation for the renowned style hongrois.

In other projects Wikimedia Commons. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Pianistcziftrabraahms. His parents had lived in Paris before World War Iwhen they were expelled as enemy aliens.

He was captured by Russian partisans and held as a prisoner of cziffrra.

Brahms-Cziffra: Hungarian Dance 5 Audio+Sheet music

His deep fascination with Franz Liszt’s music influenced his playing style and musical spirit, and his critics, highly speaking of his Romantic pianism and especially emphasizing his virtuosity, often held him as one of the most outstanding Liszt performers of our age. After attempting to escape communist Hungary in he was again imprisoned and subject to hard labour in the period — The examination and analysis of these two versions in comparison with the original Hungarian sources and Brahms’ own arrangement reveal Cziffra’s style as a virtuoso improviser and transcriber.


In Cziffra escaped with his wife and son to Vienna, where his recital was warmly received. In Cannons and Flowershis autobiography, which has been described as “a hallucinatory journey through privation, acclaim, hostility and personal tragedy”, Cziffra recounts his life story up until Chapter 3 examines the acquaintance of Liszt and Brahms with Hungarian music in the gypsy style and reviews basic information about Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies and Brahms’ Hungarian Dances.

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The characteristic elements of the Hungarian gypsy musicians’ improvisatory style, which influenced and inspired both Liszt and Brahms, as brahks as Cziffra, receive particular attention. Selected examples of Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies are provided to support the identification of Lisztian features in Cziffra’s work. Then the focus of this chapter is on the evolution of the Fifth Barhms Dance from its sources through Brahms to the transcriptions of Cziffra, including the examination of Cziffra’s transcription in comparison to the version.

Cziffra always performed with a large leather wristband to support the ligaments of his wrist, which were damaged after he was forced to carry pounds of concrete up six flights of cziffr during his two years in a labor camp. This article is about the pianist. Examples from Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsodies serve to identify the Lisztian features in Cziffra’s transcriptions.

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György Cziffra – Wikipedia

Grandes Etudes de Concert I Frankfurt: Dissertation, University of North Carolina Cziffraa, The focus of the paper is on Georges Cziffra’s two piano transcriptions and of Brahms’ Fifth Hungarian Dance However, his promising career was cut short by his death in an apartment fire in Inhe founded the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu in the Auvergne, and three years later he inaugurated the piano competition named after him at Versailles.

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Chapter 5 consists of information about brahme sources of the popular themes that Brahms used for the Hungarian Dances. He learned without sheet music, instead repeating and improvising over tunes sung by his parents. Cziffra’s love for Hungarian themes moved him to perform and record numerous improvisations based on Magyar melodies.


She had decided she was going to learn the piano after finding a job which allowed her to save the required amount of money for buying an upright piano.

Cziffra, who was weak as a child, often watched his sister practice, and mimicked her. After the war he cziffrw a living playing in Budapest bars and clubs, [2] [5] touring with a European Jazz band from — and czidfra recognition as a superb Jazz pianist and virtuoso.

György Cziffra

Retrieved from ” https: Hungarian Gypsy Style in the Lisztian Spirit: Hungarian Gypsy Style in the Lisztian Spirit: Later in his life he preserved many of his own extemporized adaptations in notation, including his transcriptions of fifteen of the Hungarian Dances by Johannes Brahms.

Retrieved 11 April The detection of the characteristic elements of the Hungarian gypsies’ improvisatory style will receive particular attention.

This page was last edited on 15 Decemberat His earliest training in piano came from watching his sister practice. His unit was sent to the Russian front.

Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart: He is considered to be one of the greatest pianists of all brabms. Cziffra had just married his wife Soleilka, who was pregnant when he entered military training. Allgemeine Enzyklopedie der Musik. Email this document to.

Peters, are also included here. In he founded the Cziffra Foundation, sited in the Saint Frambourg chapel in Senlis, Oisewhich he bought and restored, with the aim of helping young musicians at the outset of their czifra.