Death of lyrical Hungarian composer, 76

Death of lyrical Hungarian composer, 76


norman lebrecht

October 28, 2019

Friends have reported the passing of Zoltan Jeney, head of composition at the Franz Liszt Academy for two decades and a genial influence on many young composers.

Many of his works – in a restrained, lyrical, pre-minimal style, have been recorded by Hungaroton.

Try some beauty.


  • John Borstlap says:

    Sad news…. so often in these pages one hears of interesting composers for the first time when they leave the planet. The music of the video: beautiful meditative impressionism in objective constellations. Also this has beauty:

    Creating beautiful soundscapes with musical fragments, like watching a large mosaic of which the colours have faded by the passing of time. In this, Jeney sounds rather like Morton Feldman, a similar weaver of tapestries:

    Both types of art emanate a profound sadness, in which the author seems to have totally witdrawn his subjectivity.

    • SoCal Peter says:

      Sad indeed. Also sad is that this news has received all of 2 comments so far, while the “news” of Lola what’s-her-name’s piano exhibitionism has received 31 — on a website nominally devoted to music.

      Perhaps Jeney’s time will come and his music will gain a greater than infinitesimal profile in concert life.

      • John Borstlap says:

        Indeed there seems to be a decline in the level of comments on this site. Either there are too many ‘classical music lovers’ who actually don’t like music at all, or a majority of serious people simply don’t like to comment. So, either not serious enough or too serious.

  • Kelemen Pál says:

    Nyugodj békében Zoli!!!!