Lajtha, László

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Lajtha, László (b Budapest, 1892; d Budapest, 1963). Hung. composer, writer, and folk music expert. 1910 joined Bartók and Kodály in expeditions to collect folk songs, later acting independently. After war service, joined staff of Nat. Cons., Budapest, where he was prof. 1919–49. Comp. 9 syms. (1936–61); vc. conc.; 2 masses; 10 str. qts. (1923–53); opera; and 3 ballets. Kossuth Prize 1951.