Personalities | Ernö Dohnányi | Modern Era | Classical
(Âr-nö Dokh-nan’-ye) 1877–1960
Less influenced by folk music than his contemporaries Bartók and Kodály, Dohnányi cultivated a late-Romantic style rooted in Brahms, though not without the sense of humour obvious in his Variations on a Nursery Theme (1914), nor occasional resort to national melodies, as in Ruralia Hungarica (‘Rural Hungary’, 1924). His success as a conductor diminished his output as a composer until, in his seventies, he emigrated to the US and resumed writing.
Variations on a Nursery Theme, op. 25, Julius Katchen, London PO (cond) Sir Adrian Boult (Decca)
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