Ferenczy, Oto, Slovak composer and teacher; b. Brezovica nad Torysou, March 30, 1921. He went to Bratislava and studied musicology and psychology at the Comenius Univ. (Ph.D., 1945). From 1945 to 1951 he was head of the music dept. of the Univ. Library. In 1951 he became a lecturer, in 1953 a senior lecturer, and in 1966 a prof, at the Academy of Music and Drama, where he also was pro-rector (1956–62) and rector (1962–66) before retiring in 1989. He was head of the Union of Slovak Composers (1970–72; 1982–86).
DRAMATIC Opera : An Uncommon Humoresque (1967). ORCH.: Merrymaking (1951); Hurbanovskd, overture (1952); Serenade (1955); Elegy (1958); Finale (1958); Partita for Chamber Orch. (1964); Symphonic Prologue (1974); Concertino (1975); Overture (1977); Piano Concerto (1978). CHAMBER: Music for 4 Strings (1947); String Quartet (1962); Violin Sonata (1964). KEYBOARD : Piano : Intermezzo (1943; rev. 1957). Organ : Fantasia (1943; rev. 1957). VOCAL: 3 Highwayman’s Songs for Baritone and Orch. (1952); My Country, cantata for Men’s Chorus and Piano (1959; also for Chorus and Orch.); The Star of the North, cantata for Baritone, Chorus, and Orch. (1960); The Bouquet of Forest Flowers, song cycle for Baritone and Piano (1961); 3 Sonnets from Shakespeare for Baritone and Piano (1965); 2 Nocturnes for Chorus (1972).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire