Jodál, Gábor, Romanian composer of Hungarian parentage; b. Odorhei, April 25, 1913. He received a doctorate in jurisprudence at the Univ. of Cluj (1937), then studied composition with Kodâly, Kósa, and J. Adâm at the Budapest Academy of Music (1939–42). He was a répétiteur at the Cluj National Theater (1942–44), then a lecturer at the Hungarian Inst. of Art (1948–50) and a lecturer (from 1950) and director (1965–73) of the Cons. As a composer, he continues an amiable but rhythmically incisive tradition of the ethnically variegated music of Transylvania.
dramatic:Ballet: Meseorszag kapujaban (At the Gate of the Land of Story; 1952). ORCH.: Sinfonietta (1957); Divertimento (1964); Nocturne for Chamber Orch. (1976); Scherzo for Chamber Orch. (1978); Sinfonia brevis (1981). CHAMBER: 2 violin sonatas (1946, 1953); 3 Pieces for Viola and Piano (1946); Suite for Flute and Piano (1955); String Quartet (1955); 3 Pieces for Wind Quintet (1959); Introduction and Scherzo for Bassoon and Piano (1964); Suite for Wind Quintet (1966); 3 Nocturnes for Flute, Clarinet, Viola, Cello, and Piano (1967); Viola Sonata (1974); Piano Sonata (1977). VOCAL: 2 cantatas: Revolutia (1964) and Treptele implinirii (1977); choruses; songs.
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire