Resources on the Hungarian school of violin playing?
I'm a student currently studying in a Hungarian music school, but I can't really find any good resources on the historical Hungarian school of violin playing. I'm referring to the likes of Joachim, Auer and Szigeti.
Although my teacher herself learned to play in Hungary, she said she belongs more to the Soviet School than the Hungarian School, and as such couldn't help me on the topic. Does anyone have any good resources on the different schools of violin playing, and especially the Hungarian one?
Hi, I think both Hungary and Austria as well as other parts of traditionally known “central Europe” including Romania, Czech, Poland were initially influenced by Franco-Belgian school especially French school of violin playing, and later influenced by Russian school, but this effect is mutual, as Russian also influenced by Central Europe.
You could do worse than checking out Kató Havas OBE.
A possible lead could be Jeno Hubay (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeno_Hubay), or Joseph Böhm
My childhood violin teacher was Hungarian-American and very proud of that. His violin-playing career was interrupted by World War II, where he served in the United States Navy.
Well, that's fine pedigree, Kristina ... but did you have tea with Mrs. Oistrakh?
A good place to start is Krisztina Anna Kromendy's doctoral dissertation, "The Art of Jeno Hubay and the Hubay-School." It can be found on the internet.
One of of childhood teachers was Hungarian. His biggest influence on me, in retrospect, was his choice of repertoire. It was Bach, Beethoven, Mozart etc—All German. He disliked show pieces of any type.
It might be helpful to have a look at the writings of the most famous representative of the Hungarian school in the 20th century, Joseph Szigeti.
There's a Zoltan Szekely autobiography worth checking out. The Hungarian school of the early 20th century goes through Hubay, who taught Szigeti and Gertler as well. I've always been fascinated with Szekely's sound and interpretation, and find Szigeti to be a little bit dry. Hubay was influenced by Joachim and Vieuxtemps to some extent. Joachim was taught by Boehm in Vienna and maybe somewhat by David, but reading Auer's telling, Joachim didn't address technique in his teaching.
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