Deák, Csaba , Hungarian-born Swedish composer;b. Budapest, April 16, 1932. He studied clarinet and composition at the Bela Bartok Cons, in Budapest (1949–55) and composition with Ferenc Farkas at the Budapest Academy of Music (1955–56), and subsequently went to Sweden, where he took composition lessons with Hilding Rosenberg. He also studied composition, clarinet, and conducting at the Ingesund School of Music in Arvika, and received his music teacher’s certification from the Stockholm Müsikhogskolan (1969). He taught at the Swedish State School of the Dance in Stockholm (from 1969) and at the Univ. of Goteborg (1971–74).
DRAMATIC Faderna (The Fathers), chamber opéra (Stockholm, Oct. 16, 1968); Etude on Spring, electronic ballet (1970); Lucie’s Ascent into Heaven, an “astrophonic minimelodrama” (1973); Bye-bye, Earth, A Play about Death (1976–77); theater music. ORCH.:Eden for Symphonic Band (1978); The Piper’s Wedding for Wind Quintet and Symphonic Band (1979); Vivax (1982); 5Short Pieces for Symphonic Band (1983); Farina Pagus for Symphonic Band (1983); Concerto Maeutro (1989); Gustadolphory for Symphonic Band (1989); Ad Nordiam Hungarica for Chamber Orch. (1991); Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Orch. (1992); Sym. for Wind Orch. (1995). CHAMBER : 2 string quartets (1959,1967); Duo Suite for Flute and Clarinet (1960); Air for Violin and Piano (1961); 121 for Winds, Percussion, and Double Bass (1969); Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano (1971); Andante och Rondo for Wind Quintet (1973); Verbunk for Brass Sextet (1976); Hungarian Dances for Wind Quintet (1977); Octet for Wind Quintet and String Trio (1977); Herykon for Brass Quintet (1981); Massallians for Trumpet, Trombone, Brass Ensemble, and Percussion (1985); Saxophone Quartet (1986); Saxophone Quintet (1988); Quartet for Tubas (1990); Magie noire for Clarinet and String Quartet (1993); Novem for Saxophone Quartet and Brass Quintet (1994); Gratulatio for Cello and Double Bass (1995); Octet for Saxophone Quartet and String Quartet (1998); Sax Appeal for Saxophone Quartet (1999); piano pieces. VOCAL: Choral works; songs.
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