Tardos, Béla, Hungarian composer; b. Budapest, June 21, 1910; d. there, Nov. 18, 1966. He studied with Kodály at the Budapest Academy of Music (1932-37). Upon graduation, he was active as a concert manager and music publisher. He composed much choral music for mass singing employing the modalities of Hungarian folk songs.
dramatic: Comic Opera: Laura (1958, rev. 1964; Debrecen, Dec. 11, 1966). ORCH.: Overture (1949); Suite (1950); Piano Concerto (1954); Overture to a Fairy Tale (1955); Sym., in memory of the victims of fascism (1960); Fantasy for Piano and Orch. (1961); Violin Concerto (1962); Evocatio (1964). CHAMBER: Wind Octet (1935); Piano Quartet (1941); 3 string quartets (1947, 1949, 1963); Improvisations for Clarinet and Piano (1960); Prelude and Rondo for Flute and Piano (1962); Quartettino-Divertimento for 4 Wind Instruments (1963); Cassazione for Harp Trio (1963); Violin Sonata (1965); piano pieces. VOCAL: Cantatas: A varos peremen (At the Outskirts of the City; 1944; 2nd version, 1958); Rolad susog a lomb (The Leaves Whisper About You; 1949); Majusi kantata (May Cantata; 1950); A beke napja alatt (Under the Sun of Peace; 1953); Hajnali dal (Morning Song; 1953); Dozsa feje (Dozsa’s Head; 1958); Szabadsag szuletett (Liberty Has Been Born; 1960); Az uj Isten (The New Gold, 1966). Other: Choruses; songs.
P. Várnai, T. B. (Budapest, 1966).
—Nicolas Slonimsky/Laura Kuhn/Dennis McIntire