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Unrestrained mirth and utmost seriousness mark the oeuvre of Iván Eröd and thus reflect two significant traits of the composer's character. Unlike these personal attributes, which can be traced as parallel strands through the entire oeuvre, the technical means employed can be more readily be assigned to individual stages in his development. Whereas the early works of his Hungarian phase stand especially under the influence of Bartók, Kodály, and Hungarian folk music, Eröd's works written immediately before his emigration, as well as - most importantly - those composed during his studies with Karl Schiske at the Vienna Music Academy, reflect - similarly to many of his comtemporaries - his experiences with the dodecaphony of the "Second Viennese School" and with its extension, serialism. Thus, works as the Wind Trio op. 4 (1957, rev. 1987) or the Ricercare ed Aria op. 11 for wind quartet (1965) are based on twelve-tone structures.

The experiences gathered in the early 60s as a performer, chamber musician and vocal accompanist led Eröd to adopt a musical-technical idiom that is more readily understandable both for musicians and audience. Already during the work on his opera Die Seidenraupen ("The Silkworms", 1964 - 68), an initially strict serial structure gave way to a freer treatment. With his First Violin Sonata op. 14 (1969/70), Eröd finally returned to a new tonality resp. to a new tonal orientation. Ever since, his main aim is at a thoroughly sophisticated tonal language that nevertheless can be understood by a wider audience. The main difference to conservative tonal composers of that time lies in the variety of the tonal material employed (for example modal scales, "gypsy" scales, etc.); and on the other hand in the integration of serial elements - thus, for example, the second of the Three Pieces for Solo Violin op. 27 (1978/79), March, has a strict serial structure based on a seven-tone scale. Other elements of contemporary music also belong firmly to Eröd's musical idiom, for example instrumental or metrical techniques (for example the "senza misura"-parts in the operas or in the orchestral work Soirées imaginaires op. 38, 1981). Far from being programmatical, many works nonetheless contain references to autobiographical experiences or to historical events: the Violin Concerto op.15 (1973), for example, the Krokodilslieder ("Crocodile Songs", op. 28, 1979/80), the Viola Concerto op. 30 (1979/80), or the Second String Sextet op. 68 (1996) all point to the composer's intimate relationship to his wife and children; and the experience of his family's racial persecution during his childhood is reflected in the song cycle Über der Asche zu singen op. 65 (1994). As a rare case of simultaneous work on two pieces, the Bukolika for chamber ensemble op. 64 (1994) - written parallel to the song cycle - reflects the idyll of the Hungarian rural life regained sortly before in a detached manner.

A specific characteristic of Eröd's music is furthermore the use of Hungarian elements (most notably in the Violin Concerto, the First Piano Trio op. 21, 1976, the Quintetto ungherese op. 58, 1990, and in the First Symphony "From the Old World" op. 67, 1995), but also the influence of Jazz and Blues, such as in the Piano Concerto op. 19 and in the Minnesota Sinfonietta op.51. The delight in incorporating folkloristic elements results also in the whimsical and merry character of many works. Contrasting to this "lighter", entertaining, aspect are, among others, works like the Viola Concerto and the Second Piano Trio op. 42 (1981/82). Eröd is at his most serious in some of his vocal works, as in the Vier Gesänge op. 49 (1983), the cycle Schwarzerde for Baritone and Orchestra op. 49 (1984/85) and in the cantata Vox Lucis op. 56 (1988/89). Christian Heindl, transl. by Nicolas Radulescu

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works

Alterslaunen (Whims of old age) Variations on an original theme for octet op. 86 (2009/10)
duration: 15'
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Blues and Fanfare from 'Little Suite for 20 Fingers' op. 61b, arranged for piano trio (1993/2008)
duration: 6'
order number: 37 227
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Blumenstück for solo Viola op. 62 (1994)
duration: 8'
order number: 03 519
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Brahms Variations for Piano op. 57 (1990)

Entwicklungen zu einem und Veränderungen über ein Thema von Johannes Brahms: Intermezzo op. 116/Nr. 6)


duration: 18'
order number: 01 629
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Bukolika for Chamber ensemble op. 64 (1994)
duration: 15'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Canonic Variations on a Children's Song for String Quartet op. 31 (1980)
duration: 6'
order number: 06 144
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Canti di Ungaretti for Baritone, Flute, Clarinet in A, Vibraphone, Viola and Cello op. 55 (1988)
duration: 11'
order number: 08 834
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Capriccio 81 for four Flutes and two Harps op. 41 (1981)
duration: 8'
order number: 07 382 / Stp. 622
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Capriccio for two wind quintets op. 23 (1977)
duration: 6'
order number: 06 611 / Stp. 410
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Concerto for cello and orchestra op. 80 (2005)
duration: 25'
order number: 33 753 (Klavierauszug)
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Das Sein ist ewig (Being is eternal). Cantata for Organ, mixed choir and orchestra op. 50 (1985)
duration: 30'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Die Wassertrompeter. Bohemian Quintet for Brass op. 82 (2007/08)
duration: 8'
order number: 36 675
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Divertimento for Brass and Percussion op. 20 (1976)
duration: 12'
order number: 06 640 (Partitur) / 06 641 (Stimmen)
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Double Concerto for Clarinet and Bassoon and Orchestra op. 72 (1999)
duration: 20'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Einig im Wunsch for three-part children's or female choir op. 83
duration: 3'
order number: 64 495
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Einig im Wunsch op. 83(2008)

für dreistimmigen Kinder- oder Frauenchor


order number: 64 495-SIP
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Ennstaler Aufstrich for children's orchestra op. 61a (1993)
duration: 3'
order number: 74 110
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Fermeture - Ouverture op. 73 (1999)
duration: 4'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Four Songs for low voice and piano op. 44 (1983)
duration: 10'
order number: 08 660
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Hommage à Beethoven. Rhapsody for solo Cello op. 24 (1977)
duration: 10'
order number: 03 717
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Introduction and Toccata for Piano solo op. 87 (2010)
duration: 5'
order number: 01 682
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Konzertante Fantasie (Concert Fantasy) for viola and strings op. 35 (1981)
duration: 10'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise / Stp . 648 / 03 606 (KlA)
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Krokodilslieder (Crocodile Songs) for Baritone (or children's choir) and Chamber orchestra op. 28 (1979)
duration: 14'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise / 08 655
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Lent Music - Böjti Zene. Organ pieces on ancient Roman chants op. 79
duration: 18'
order number: 02 466
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Little Suite for 20 Fingers

1. Einzug / 2. Walzerchen / 3. Blues / 4. Schlussfanfare


order number: 01 823
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Little Suite for twenty fingers for piano 4 ms op. 61b (1993)
duration: 7'
order number: 01 823
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Meditatio for Organ op. 50a (Interludium II from the Cantata "Das Sein ist ewig") (1985)
duration: 5'
order number: 02 392
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Minderheitentaenze (Minority Dances) for string orchestra op. 70 (1997)
duration: 10'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Minnesota Sinfonietta for large orchestra op. 51 (1986)
duration: 15'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise / Stp. 620
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Nikolaus op. 93 für 4 Violincelli
order number: 33 727/in Vorbereitung
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Octet for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn and String quartet op. 71 (1998)
duration: 15'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Ode for 12 solo instruments op. 84 (2008)
after the poem Óda (Ode) by Attila József

duration: 16'
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Piano Concerto op. 19 (1975)
duration: 26'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise / 01 909 (KlA)
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Quartet for Violin, Viola, Cello and Piano op. 54 (1987)
duration: 21'
order number: 07 243
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Réjouissance for large orchestra op. 48 (1984)
duration: 7'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Ricercare ed Aria S.C.H.E. for Flute, Oboe, Horn and Bass Clarinet op. 11 /1965)
duration: 6'
order number: 06 355 / Stp. 139
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Schnappschüsse (Snapshots) Five Portraits for Flute and Wind Octet op. 52 (1986)
duration: 8'
order number: 06 592
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Schwarzerde. Five Songs for Baritone and Orchestra op. 49 (1985)
duration: 20'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise / Stp. 603
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Serenade for String sextet 'Kleine sinnliche Abendmusik' (Little sensual evening music) op. 45 (1983)
duration: 13'
order number: 06 266 / Stp. 624
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Soirées Imaginaires for large orchestra op. 38 (1981)
duration: 20'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise / Stp. 621
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Sonata for Bassoon and Piano (Sonata Milanese) op. 47 (1984)
duration: 14'
order number: 05 560
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Sonata for Orchestra No. 2 op. 16 (1974)
duration: 8'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise / Stp. 501
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Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1 op. 14 (1970)
duration: 15'
order number: 03 203
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Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 op. 74 (2000)
duration: 13'
order number: 03 283
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Stanzas for mixed Choir a cappella op. 89 (2012)
duration: 8'
order number: 42 890
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String Quartet No. 1 op. 18 (1975)
duration: 21'
order number: 06 141 / Stp. 353
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String Quartet No. 2 op. 26 (1978)
duration: 21'
order number: 06 143 / Stp. 499
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String quartet No. 3 op. 78 (2003)
duration: 20'
order number: 06 187
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String sextet No. 2 op. 68 (1996)
duration: 14'
order number: 06 270 PA / ST
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Studies for String Orchestra op. 33 (1980)
duration: 10'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise / Stp. 533
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Symphonic Scene 'Hommage à Franz Liszt' op. 46. Version for two pianos (2005)
duration: 13'
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Symphonic Scene for large orchestra 'Hommage à Franz Liszt' op. 46 (1984)
duration: 13'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise / Stp. 635
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Symphony No. 1 'From the Old World' op. 67 (1995)
duration: 26'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Symphony No. 2 op. 75 (2001)
duration: 23'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Tao Te King No. 76: Der Mensch tritt ins Leben for mixed choir a cappella op. 40 (1981)
duration: 3'
order number: 44 726
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Thank you Bartók (Köszönet Bartóknak) op. 81. Arrangement for Cello and String orchestra (2010)
duration: 3'
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Thanks to Bartók op. 81 for cello and piano (2006)
duration: 3'
order number: 33 754
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The Touchstone. Opera parody op. 76 (2001)
duration: 20'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Three Interludes for Organ and Orchestra op. 50 a (1985)
duration: 14'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Three Piano Pieces op. 66 (1995/97)
duration: 10'
order number: 01 396
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Three Pieces for Violin solo op. 27 (1979)
duration: 11'
order number: 03 045
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Three Poems from 'Der west-östliche Divan' for mixed choir a cappella op. 36 (1981)
duration: 3'
order number: 44 746
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Trio for Clarinet, Violin and Piano op. 59 (1991)
duration: 15'
order number: 07 333
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Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon op. 4 (1987)
duration: 8'
order number: 06 335
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Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano No. 1 op. 21 (1976)
duration: 22'
order number: 07 223
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Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano No. 2 op. 42 (1982)
duration: 15'
order number: 07 227
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Variation op. 37, in: 'Diabelli 81' - 17 Variations on a waltz by Antonio Diabelli for Piano (1981)
duration: 1'
order number: 01 607
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Viola Concerto op. 30 (1980)
duration: 23'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise / Stp. 601 / 03 605
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Violin Concerto op. 15 (1973)
duration: 18'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise / 03 307
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Viva la musica! for mixed choir a cappella op. 43 (1982)
duration: 1'
order number: 44 743
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Vox Lucis. Cantata for Baritone, Oboe and Orchestra op. 56 (1989)
duration: 30'
order number: Aufführungsmaterial leihweise
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Wind quintet 'Quintetto ungherese' op. 58 (1990)
duration: 15'
order number: 06 476 / Stp. 570
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Über der Asche zu singen. Five Songs for Mezzo Soprano and Piano op. 65 (1994)
duration: 15'
order number: 08 685
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