Csaba Szabó - catalogue of compositions

Orchestral pieces | Chamber music works | Choral works | Songs | Scenic play | Incidental music | Puppet Incidental music | Mass
Books | CD-ROM | Discography | Literature

The attached list contains all the compositions of the composer, classified by type of genre: orchestratal, chamber, choral and other works.
In addition to the title of the compositions, the desciption of the ensemble and date of composition is also included. In case you would like to obtain more details about the works of Csaba Szabó, please contact the secretariat of the Society.

 

Orchestral pieces:

Rondo concertante (1963)
for violin and orchestra  
First performance: 22. February, 1964; Marosvásárhely.
Marosvásárhely State Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor: Lóránt Szalman,
soloist István Ruha, violin.

Naenia (1966)
for orchestra and tape recorder  
First performance: 13. January 1969;  Marosvásárhely.
Marosvásárhely State Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor: Lóránt Szalman
Published by:   Editio Musica, Budapest 1976.

Csángó songs from the Tatar captivity (1968)
for male choir and orchestra
First performance: 1. April, 1973; Marosvásárhely.
Marosvásárhely State Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor: Judit Birtalan.

Five songs on poems by Jenő Dsida (1969)
for soprano and orchestra  
First performance: 25. May, 1975; Marosvásárhely.
Marosvásárhely State Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor:  Lóránt Szalman.
Published by:  Editura  Muzicala,  Bucuresti 1978.

Three Hungarian Folk Songs (1971)
for soprano and orchestra

Passacaglia (1975)
for string orchestra. Based on the Kyrie Eleison melody from János Kájoni’s Székely mass
First performance: January 1975; Marosvásárhely.
The Chamber Orchestra of Marosvásárhely State Philharmonic Orchestra,
concertmaster: Gyula Hamza.

Between glass splinters (1976)
for orchestra
First performance: 9. January 1977; Kolozsvár.
Marosvásárhely State Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor:  Lóránt Szalman.

In memoriam Béla Józsa (1977)
for 12 voices, 36 instrumentalists  
First performance: 20. June, 1977; Marosvásárhely.
Marosvásárhely State Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, conductor: Cristian Mandeal.

Requiem for a girl (1984)
for child narrator, children’s choir, mixed choir, orchestra, soprano solo, tenor, baritone solo  
First performance: 1986; Marosvásárhely.
Marosvásárhely State Philharmonic Orchestra, conductor: Lóránt Szalman,
Published by the author, Szombathely 1992.

Little Transylvanian Suite (1983, rev. 1997)
First performance: 1984. Székelyudvarhely, Camerata Transylvanica
Published by: Cellissimo, Budapest 2004.

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Chamber music works:

Wind Serenade (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon) (1956)

Little Suite for piano  (1956)

Two songs
(1956)
based on old chinese poems
for mezzosoprano and piano  
First performance: 1959 Marosvásárhely;  Erzsébet Tóth.

Three csángó folk songs (1957)
for soprano, tenor solo and orchestra  
First performance: 1969, Marosvásárhely; Marosvásárhely Song and Dance Ensemble.

‘Youth’ String Quartet  (1958)
First performance: 1959. Marosvásárhely.
Published by: Editura Muzicala,  Bucuresti 1964.

Homage to B. and B. For solo flute  (1959)
First performance: 1960, Marosvásárhely;  Harald Oytzen.

Four miniatures for piano(1961)
First performance: 31 May 1972, Marosvásárhely; Márta Marx.
Published by the author, Szombathely 1992.

Sonata con ritmo di ballo (1965)
for flute and piano
First performance: 28 November 1968, Marosvásárhely;  Ervin Kreutzer and Magda Hamza.

Concert piece for Bassoon and piano (1966)

Parlando giusto e corale
for piano (1973)
First performance: 13. June, 1974; Pál Buzás.
Published by: Editio Musica, Budapest 1979.

When I was leaving Csík (1974)
for prepared piano  
First performance: 21. May, 1977, Kolozsvár; Viola Lőke.
Published by: Editio Musica, Budapest 1974.

Sonata for Brass Quintet and tape recorder  (1975)
First performance: 1979. Budapest, Modern Brass Ensemble
Published by: Cellissimo, Budapest 2005.

Suite for cello solo and cow bells (1978)
First performance: 11. March, 1980. Marosvásárhely, Péter Szabó.

Four little pieces (1978)
for violin and cello
First performance: 1978 Marosvásárhely;  István Szabó, Márta Szőnyi.
Published by the author, Szombathely 1999.

Four in the space string quartet (1979)
First performance:  June 1979, Marosvásárhely; String Quartet of the Marosvásárhely State Philharmonic Orchestra

Conversations (1983)
for piano, percussion instruments
First performance: 22. June, 1983. Marosvásárhely, Sándor Kispál, János Kovács
Published by: Author, Szombathely 1999.

Moving away - eight variations for prepared piano, on the first movement of Béla Bartók’s „Three Csík county folk songs” (1981)
First performance: 19. June, 1981. Sándor Kispál

Duo for saxophone and bassoon  (1984,  rev. 1998)
First performance: December 1990. Budapest

Three Transylvanian folk songs - Homage a Lajtha László for soprano and piano  (1986)
First performance: 1986. Budapest, Laura Faragó, Márta Gulyás

Sonatina for cello and piano (1992)
First performance: 7. November, 1992. Budapest, Péter Szabó, Ágota Lénárt
Published by: Author, Szombathely 1992.

Five Duos for violin and cello  (1980)
First performance: 24. March, 1981. Marosvásárhely, István Szabó, Péter Szabó

Five pieces for organ  (1998)
First performance: May 2000. Szombathely, László Attila Almásy
Published by: Genius Savariensis Foundation, Szombathely 2002.

Prayers for violin, organ and tape recorder  (1999)
First performance: 21. May, 2000. Szombathely, István Szabó, László Attila Almásy
Published by: Genius Savariensis Foundation, Szombathely  2002.

Fragments on poems by Mihály Babits for soprano, viola, piano  (2002)
First performance: 3. December, 2003. Budapest, Tünde Szabóki, György Farkas, Sándor Kispál
Published by: Cellissimo, Budapest, 2004.

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Choral works:

Two csángó folk songs for women’s choir  (1958)
First performance: 1958. Marosvásárhely, Choir of the Marosvásárhely Székely Folk Ensemble, conductor: Judit Birtalan
Published by: Author, Szombathely 1990. (Choral works I. volume)

Five madrigals for medieval Transylvanian latin poets’ poems  (1967)
First performance: 1968. Marosvásárhely, Choir of the Marosvásárhely Székely Folk Ensemble, conductor: Judit Birtalan

To the Spring, for Sándor Petőfi’s poem for three voices mixed choir  (1969)
First performance: 1969. Segesvár, Choir of the Marosvásárhely Székely Folk Ensemble, conductor: Judit Birtalan

Song of Songs (for Salamon King’s poem, translated by  Mihály Babits) for male choir (1972)
First performance: October 2000. Debrecen, Kodály Choir, conductor Máté Szabó Sipos

Proverbs  (1972)
First performance: 1979. Marosvásárhely
Published by: Author, Szombathely 1993.  (Choral works II. volume)

Four choral works for Gyula Illyés’s poems (1972)
First performance: 1972. Chamber choir of Budapest Liszt Ferenc Music Academy, conductor: István Párkai
Published by: Author, Szombathely 1993. (Choral works II. volume)

Two pieces for 12 female voices: I. Vowels, II. Consonants  (1981)
First performance: 1982.  Marosvásárhely, Choir of  Marosvásárhely State Philharmonic,  conductor: Birtalan Judit

Five children’s choruses for two voices  (1971-1972)  (Choral works I. volume)

Epithalamium madrigal for mixed chorus text by A. R. D. For Fairburn’ poem (1983)
First performance:  7. November, 1996. Budapest, Choir of the National Philharmonic, conductor: Mátyás Antal

Five psalms for mixed choir and organ  (1991)
First performance: 1. October, 2000. Debrecen, Kodály Choir, conductor Máté Szabó Sipos soloist: László  Almásy
Published by: Genius Savariensis Foundation, Szombathely 2002.

Fear of God, for mixed choir and organ (Book of Jób 28) (1994)
First performance: 1996. Budapest, Hungarian State Magyar  Állami Choir, conductor: Mátyás Antal
Published by: Genius Savariensis Foundation, Szombathely 2002. 

 

Choral works I.

Five children’s choruses for two voices
Tingle-tangle mornings
Ditty
Shining September
Honey, honey, honey
Mosquito has jumped a ditch

Five little choruses for Sándor Weöres’s poem
New Year’s greetings
Twilight clouds
Bumble-bee
Gossiping women
Jumping dance from my  merriment

Csángó songs for female choir
Go out to the mountain
Thin thread

Love songs for three part mixed choir
Fly little bird
Sweet Rose of Mine
Oh, How Deep The Water Of Maros Is

Soldier’s songs for three part male choir

Make the Fiancée dance three part female choir

Married songs for four part mixed choir

Kelemen Kőműves, folk ballad for four part mixed choir, children’s choir and solo instrument

 

Choral works II.

Proverb: four dodecaphonic canons

In incognito: four choral works for Illyés Gyula’s poems
In a waiting room
Flying
For the wife
To the West

Song of Songs (for Salamon King’s poem, translated by Mihály Babits) male choir

Two pieces for 12 female voices:
Vowels
Consonants

 

Five Madrigals for old Transylvanian latin poets’poems

To Piroska for mixed choir
To Erzsike for male choir
György Dózsa’s encouraging speech for male choir
Mourning about Janus Pannonius for mixed choir
To István Bocskai for mixed choir

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Songs:

The Sun’s festival (for Mihály Vitéz Csokonai’s poems)  (1956)

The desire of the lover (for Mihály Vörösmarty’s poem)  (1956)

Reserved  wish (for Mihály Csokonai Vitéz’s poem)  (1957)

Bird song for mezzo soprano and piano(1960)
First performance: 1960. Marosvásárhely,  Erzsébet Tóth

Shanty for baritone and piano  (1960)
First performance:  1960. Marosvásárhely, Lajos Kónya

Csárdás (1970)
based on Lajos Pál’s poem;  for voice and piano
First performance: 1970 Marosvásárhely; Ilona Sőtér, Magda Hamza.

Bells (1970)
based on Árpád Farkas’s poem,  for voice and piano
First performance: 1970 Marosvásárhely; Ilona Sőtér, Magda Hamza

Five songs for Sándor Kányádi’s poems for baritone and piano  (1979)
First performance: 1980. Marosvásárhely,  László Fogel, Pál Buzás

Three Transylvanian Hungarian Folk Songs - Homage a László Lajtha for soprano and piano (1986)
Bemutató: 1986. Budapest, Faragó Laura, Gulyás Márta

Three little spring songs for Lajos Áprily’s poems for child soprano and cello (2001)
First performance: 4. December 2004. Budapest, Ildikó Szabó, Enikő Balázs

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Scenic play:

Golden-haired Shepherd: one-act ballet (1958)
First performance: December 1958. Marosvásárhely, Marosvásárhely Székely Folk Ensemble conductor: Aladár Zoltán

Butterfly singing, dancing play for choir and orchestra (1960)

Bouquet singing, dancing play in four scenes  (1963)
First performance: 1964. Marosvásárhely, Marosvásárhely Székely Folk Ensemble, conductor: Gyula Szarvady

Maize peeling  (1964)
First performance: 1964. Székelyudvarhely, Székely Folk Ensemble, conductor: Lóránt Szalman

Little builders: one-act children’s opera  (1965)
First performance: 1965. Marosvásárhely, Marosvásárhely Children Ensemble, conductor: József Birtalan

Ballad of the Highwayman: one-act ballet  (1966)
First performance: 1967. Marosvásárhely, Marosvásárhely Folk Ensemble, conductor: Szalman Lóránt

On King’s County vineyard singing, dancing vintage play  (1971)
First performance:  1971. Marosvásárhely, Marosvásárhely Folk Ensemble, conductor: Gyula Szarvady

Nyárádmenti forgatós  (1975)
First performance: 1975.  Budapest,  Marosvásárhely Folk Ensemble

A cricket and an ant for Domokos Szilágyi’s poem for voice, piano percussion  (1982)
First performance: 1982. Marosvásárhely, Kinga Ilyés, Sándor Kispál, János Kovács

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Incidental music (scenic music):

Romeo and Juliet  (1964) Marosvásárhely István Szentgyörgyi Dramatic Art Institute

Lily, Ferenc Molnár (1965) Marosvásárhely István Szentgyörgyi Dramatic Art Institute

Songbird, Áron Tamási (1967) Marosvásárhely István Szentgyörgyi Dramatic Art Institute

Lúdas Matyi  (1968) Marosvásárhelyi Állami Színház

Bánk Bán  (1970) Kolozsvári Magyar Színház

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Puppet Incidental Music:

Parodies, Andor Bajor’s text
First performance: 1965. Marosvásárhely Puppet theatre, director: Pál Antal

Toldi,  János Arany’s text
First performance: 1967. Marosvásárhely Puppet theatre

Wonder bag, puppet piece for András Sütő’s text
First performance: 1968. Marosvásárhely Puppet theatre

Csongor és Tünde, for Mihály Vörösmarty’s text
First performance: 1972. Marosvásárhely Puppet theatre

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Mass:

Saint Martin mass (2002)
First performance: November 2002. Szombathely
Published by: Rózsavölgyi, Budapest 2003.

Saint Cecilia mass  (2003)

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Books:

The pedagogy of music of our age  Published by Kriterion, Bukarest 1977.

Musicological writings Volume I.  Compiled by Csaba Szabó. Published by Kriterion, Bukarest 1977.

Music and duty Published by Kriterion, Bukarest 1980.

András Seres – Csaba Szabó: Hungarian Csángós song-book Moldva 1972-1988. Published by Héttorony, Budapest 1990.

Contributions for folk music – prosody questions Published by Genius Savariensis Foundation, Szombathely 2003.

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CD-ROM:

The 18th-century Hungarian practice of vocal harmony from Transylvania 
Scientific Collection. Published by Balassi, Budapest 2001.

The CD contains three Transylvanian part-song manuscripts – Nagy Mihályék zsoltárkönyve (1753) [Psalter of Mihály Nagy et al], Orbán Sigmondék kóruskönyve (1766) [Choir Book of Sigmond Orbán et al] and the Kolozsvári kálvinista énekeskönyv (1766) [Kolozsvár Calvinist Songbook] - in facsimile and in  modern transcription.
The music is prefaced by a comprehensive, analytical and comparative study written by Csaba Szabó, which gives a meticulous description of the manuscripts, incorporates them into the Hungarian historical part song tradition, and contrasts them with the different periods and instances of European harmonic practice and polyphonic song-writing.
Szabo’s study throws new light on the vocal polyphony of 18th-century college students.

ISBN number: 963 506 369 5
Price: 12 Euro
Gold prize of the Hungarian Artistic Academy, 1999.

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Discography

Passacaglia (1975) - ELECTRECORD
for string orchestra. Based on the Kyrie Eleison melody from János Kájoni’s Székely mass

Between Glass splinters -
orchestral variations

Three Hungarian Folk Songs

Szabó Csaba szerzői lemeze – HUNGAROTON HCD 32183

Three Transylvanian Hungarian Folk Songs - Homage à László Lajtha for soprano, and piano (1986),

Sonatina „Looking back” for violoncello and piano in C (1992)

Passacaglia (1975) for string orchestra. Based on the Kyrie Eleison melody from János Kájoni’s Székely mass

Sonata for brass quintet and tape recorder (1975)

Choral works I.

Kelemen Kőműves, folk ballad for four part mixed choir, children’s choir and solo     
Instrument

 Love songs for three part mixed choir (1967)

I. Fly Little Bird; II. Sweet Rose of Mine ; III. Oh, How Deep The Water Of Maros Is (1967)

Make the Fiancée dance for three part female choir (1967)

Married songs for four part mixed choir  (1967)

Choral works II.

Five Madrigals for old Transylvanian latin poets’poems (1967)    

To Piroska for mixed choir - BOCATIUS, Joannes (1969)
To Erzsike for male choir - BOCATIUS, Joannes (1969)

Mourning for Janus Pannonius for mixed choir
- WOLPHARDUS, Hilarius (1969)

György Dózsa’s encouraging speech for male choir
- TAURINUS, István (1969)

To István Bocskai for mixed choir - SZAMOSKÖZI, István (1969)

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Literature:

Articles, essays published in the Hét, Utunk, Művelődés reviews, weekly journals

I. Marosi: Sine-wave generator and funeral song Published in: Utunk,1967. August

V. Cosma: Romanian musicians Bucharest 1970.

Musicological writings Volume I. Compiled by Csaba Szabó. Published in Kriterion, Bukarest 1977.

Ede Terényi: Passacaglia Published in: Musicological writings Volume I. Bucharest, 1977

András Benkő: Songs for Dsida poems Published in: Utunk, 1978. August

Josif Sava – L. Vartolomei: Music Dictionary. Ed. Stiintifica si enciclopedica, Bucharest 1979.

M. Popescu: The general repertoire of Romanian Music Volume 1.- 2., Bucharest 1979-1981.

Brockhaus-Riemann: Music Encyclopaedia Volume 3. Published by Zeneműkiadó, Budapest 1985.

Scientific communications of Dániel Berzsenyi Teacher’s College at Szombathely. Sociology 3. Compiled by József Gutter. Szombathely 1990.

Hungarian Literary Encyclopaedia Volume 3. Published by Kriterion, Bukarest 1994.

Hungarian and International Who’s Who. Budapest 1996.

Katalin Metz: Minority, Hungarians, Europeanism. In: Új Magyarország, 25. November, 1996.

Music anthology. Compiled by Eszter Kerényi. Published by Nemzeti Tankönyvkiadó,  Budapest 1997.

Lujza Tari: Contributions for folk music – prosody questions. Published in: The Hungarian

Kodály Society News 2004. 2nd  issue.

József Újfalussy : Csaba Szabó. Published in: Muzsika 2003. július 16.

György Köteles: Duty of Music. In memoriam Csaba Szabó (1936-2003). Published in: Zene-Szó,   2003. 8th  issue.
Szilvia Sápy: In memoriam Csaba Szabó (1936-2003). Published in: Magyar Egyházzene, 2003/2004. 1st issue

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The "Csaba Szabó International Society” founded on 7th December, 2004, is a Charitable  Society. The main aims of the activities of the Society are: publishing memorials, scores, books, editing CDs, re-publishing, organising concerts, author’s nights, fostering life-work, setting up a website and organising choral meetings, masterclasses, competitions and festivals.