Mátyás Seiber - Traveller between Worlds

Date: 20 November
Venue:  Online

Friday Nov 20 2020 | 6pm

The Royal College of Music presents:

Mátyás Seiber (1905-1960) - Traveller between Worlds
Concert introduction, broadcast and Q&A with the composer’s daughter Julia Seiber-Boyd, project curator Norbert Meyn and musicologist Beth Snyder (both Royal College of Music), hosted by the Hungarian Cultural Centre (click here for eventbrite registration)
A concert devised by Norbert Meyn and Simon Channing, broadcast from the brand new Performance Hall at the Royal College of Music


Serenade for Six Wind Instruments (1925)
Permutationi a Cinque (1958)
Three Morgenstern Songs for voice and clarinet (1929)
The Owl and the Pussycat for voice, violin and guitar (1956)
2 Jazzolettes (1929/32)

Seiber’s many journeys began in Budapest, where he studied with Zoltán Kodály and collected folk songs. In 1925 he took up a position as a cellist on a cruise ship in the Americas where he became acquainted with Jazz. In Frankfurt he became the director of the first Jazz department in a German conservatoire, from 1928-33. He was also influenced by Schönberg’s serialism. In 1935 he emigrated to Britain, where he became a respected teacher of composition, founder member of the Society for the Promotion of New Music, and choral conductor. His many successful works are characterised by ’fearless self assurance and a healthy disregard of genre limitations and national borders’ (AVI music) and include ballets, comic operas, chamber music, English songs, arrangements of Hungarian, French, Greek and Yugoslav folk songs, and film scores (including Animal Farm, 1954). This project commemorates the 60th anniversary of his tragic death in a car accident in South Africa and is part of the AHRC-funded research project ‘Music, Migration and Mobility - The Legacy of Migrant Musicians from Nazi Europe in Britain’