Darvos, Gábor , Hungarian composer; b. Szatmárnémeti, Jan. 18, 1911; d. Budapest, Feb. 18, 1985. He studied bassoon and composition (with Kodály) at the Budapest Academy of Music (1926–32). After a South American sojourn (1939–18), he returned to Budapest and worked at the Hungarian Radio (1949–60); he also was ed.-in-chief of Editio Musica Budapest (1955–57) and artistic director of Hungaroton Records (1957–59); subsequently he was music advisor to Artisjus, the Hungarian Copyright Office (1960–72). In 1955 he was awarded the Erkel Prize.
ORCH Improvisations symphoniques for Piano and Orch. (1963; rev. as Fantdzia for Piano and Chamber Ensemble, 1983); Szimfonikus etudok (Symphonic Etudes; 1984).CHAMBER: Rotation for 5 for Vibraphone, Marimbaphone, Guitar, Cimbalom, and Piano (1967); Magdnzdrka (Solitary Confinement) for Pecussion and Tape (1970).VOCAL: Meddlia (Medal) for Soprano, Percussion, Keyboard Instruments, and Tape (1965); A Torony (The Tower) for Voices and Instruments (1967; also for Chorus and Tape, 1984); Passiozene (Passion Music) for Voices and Tape (1974–78); Bdnat (Grief) for Baritone, Orch., and Tape (1978).TAPE: Preludium (1970); Reminiszcencidk (Reminiscences; 1979); Poemes electroniques (1982–83).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire