In Hungary, a new center for early music

For many music lovers, Hungarian music begins with Franz Liszt, to impose his deep personality at the turn of the 19th century.e-XXe centuries parallel to the awareness of nationalities. However, despite integration into the Ottoman Empire and then that of the Habsburgs, artistic creation has continued to develop there.

In musical matters, Hungarian composers have been deployed in Europe since the 18th century.e century. It is this period of creation, extended upstream and downstream from the Baroque to the first romanticism (1630-1830), that the initiators of the Haydneum Foundation intend to promote and support.

After ten years of genesis, Haydneum, Hungarian center for early music, was born in 2021, under the leadership of French musicologist Benoît Dratwicki, artistic director of the Center de musique baroque de Versailles (CMBV) and artistic advisor of the Palazzetto Bru -Zane in Venice, by harpsichordist and conductor György Vashegyi, founding director of Purcell Kórus and Orfeo Zenekar and president of the Hungarian Academy of Arts.

He organized his first festival in early October. “The work carried out in France by the CMBV and the Palazzetto is today a model for many countries, welcomes Benoît Dartwicki. We are developing partnerships with Brazil, Argentina, the United States, Canada… In 2011, I was in Budapest to attend a performance of Hyppolite and Aricie by Rameau played and sung by Hungarians, speaking in impeccable French and style, conducted by György Vashegyi “.

Revitalizing ancient music in Hungary

Haydneum has a budget comparable to its French partners (3.5 million euros endowed by the Hungarian state), and its festival will be annual. “We obviously intend to focus on the music of the brothers Haydn, Joseph and Michael, announces György Vashegyi, but also on little-known composers, such as Johann Albrechtsberger, Gregor Joseph Werner, Benedek Istvánffy. “

The aim of the foundation is to participate “To the international movement of the last fifty years to revitalize the baroque”, and to stimulate research, publications, training, concerts and performances of early music in Hungary.

Thus, it is at the heart of Budapest’s rich heritage, Müpa (Philharmonie) – University Church, Franz Liszt Academy, Carmelite Monastery, Esterháza Castle… – that the first Haydneum festival took place. Two French ensembles were invited, the Talents Lyriques by Christophe Rousset and the Cambini Quartet.


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