Academic journal article Studia Musicologica

József Ujfalussy 1920-2010

Academic journal article Studia Musicologica

József Ujfalussy 1920-2010

Article excerpt

József Ujfalussy, the editor-in-chief of Studia Musicologica to serve longest in the journal's 51-year history, died in Budapest on January 22, 2010. Such long service is becoming rarer among editors. Professor Ujfalussy took office in a calmer period for musicology, on the death of Bence Szabolcsi in January 1973, in the year, incidentally, when Paul Henry Lang ended almost three decades (1945-73) with The Musical Quarterly. Ujfalussy was to serve even longer, for 33 years up to 2006, in a period that made the journal of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences an internationally renowned forum for the results of Hungarian musicology and, through volumes of conference proceedings, for international musicology as well.

Ujfalussy's career was no ordinary one. He had studied classical philology at the provincial university of Debrecen before enrolling at the Music Academy in Budapest, studying composition under Sándor Veress and conducting under János Ferencsik, while attending the lectures of musicologists Bence Szabolcsi and Dénes Bartha. His first job at the Ministry of Culture introduced him to poeta doctus composers such as András Szôllôsy. He began teaching at Budapest's Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music in 1955. He played on the piano a huge repertoire by heart. To the last, he preferred the theory and aesthetics of music to the mainstream history of music. He was not concerned to research narrow fields or publish academic writings abroad. As a teacher he educated generations of practising musicians, not just musicologists, and reached a wider audience through excellent radio talks. …

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