Kilenyi, Edward, Sr.

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Kilenyi, Edward, Sr.

Kilenyi, Edward, Sr., Hungarian-American composer, father of Edward Kilenyi Jr.; b. Békésszentràn-drâs, Jan. 25, 1884; d. Tallahassee, Fla., Aug. 15, 1968. He studied in Budapest, in Szarvas, with Mascagni at Rome’s Scuola Nazionale Musicale, and at the Cologne Cons. He then settled in the U.S. (1908), where he completed his training at Columbia Univ. with Rybner and Daniel Gregory Mason (M.A., 1915). He was a teacher of George Gershwin (1919–21). In 1930 he went to Hollywood, where he wrote film scores. He also wrote an opera, The Cry of the Wolf (1916), a String Quartet (1912), and other chamber music

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