This thematic catalogue offers a concise, systematic overview of Ernő Dohnányi’s oeuvre, with numerous music examples to facilitate identification and other pertinent, up-to-date information about each composition.
For decades the music of Hungarian composer-pianist Ernõ Dohnányi (1877-1960) has remained in relative obscurity—except for a few popular works—due to a series of unfortunate circumstances. He was the victim of malicious slander after he fled war-torn Hungary in 1944; the tragic result was that his music was silenced for decades in his home country. He was also branded a conservative by those who sought to dismiss traditional musical language and forms in search of “modernism.” As a consequence of Dohnányi’s long and enormously successful international career as a performer and pedagogue, his legacy has been scattered throughout Europe and the United States. Today, having been reassessed from the perspective of several decades, and as a result of new research initiatives and an increased access to archival and commercial recordings, Dohnányi’s music is enjoying a long-deserved revival. The fact remains, however, that much of it remains unpublished, including several of his numbered works. In addition, a large number of published works are now out of print and difficult to find. Many of the publishers of his music have gone out of business or have changed hands. Because of this dearth of published music and reliable information, this thematic catalogue will fill in that regrettable lacuna by providing incipits and as much up-to-date information as possible about the composer's 48 opus-numbered works, his juvenile and mature works without opus number, transcriptions, cadenzas, arrangements of other works, and pedagogical studies.
American pianist and musicologist Deborah Kiszely-Papp earned a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School as a student of György Sándor, and received a Fulbright grant to Hungary (1993-95) to complete her dissertation, “Critical Edition of the Unpublished, One-Movement Version of Ernő Dohnányi's Piano Concerto in E Minor, Op. 5” (CUNY, 1996). In 2002 the Hungarian Ministry of National Cultural Affairs invited Dr. Kiszely-Papp to found the Ernő Dohnányi Archives, Institute for Musicology, Budapest. In addition to her scholarly work she remains active as a pianist and has served on the faculties of Queens College, Gonzaga University, Whitworth College, the Eötvös University of Science, Budapest, and several conservatories in Hungary. Her current affiliations include the Interlochen Center for the Arts and the László Hermann Conservatory in Székesfehérvár.