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Sonata for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon

Sándor Veress (b. 1907 - d. 1992)

Composer
Sándor Veress (b. 1907 - d. 1992)
Composition Year
1931
Work Movements
Allegro giocoso
Andante
Grave-Allegrissimo
Artists
Amy Harmon [bassoon], Mathias Kjøller [clarinet], Olivier Doise [Oboe]

Programme Note Writer:
© Norah O' Leary

Veress was a Hungarian composer, who eventually emigrated in 1949 to Switzerland where he spent the second half of his life. Although Veress managed to survive the interwar Horthy era in Hungary and the ever more repressive regime that followed Hungary’s entry into the War on Germany’s side, it was the Soviet take-over that drove Veress away. He had been a student of both Kodály and Bartók and indeed he succeeded the former as professor of composition at the Budapest Academy in 1943 and was for a long time one of Bartók’s assistants in his folk-music research. So although he was born and bred a Hungarian, Veress is often confusingly described as Swiss.


The three movement Trio d’anches (or Reed Trio) is a fun piece for the listener and performers. The work clearly demonstrates some of the influences on the composer's style with its rhythmic gestures reminiscent of Bartók, and ostinato moments that bring to mind Veress’ Hungarian heritage. He plays around with normal sonata form by opening with a jaunty Allegro giocoso followed by a slightly more serious central movement. However good humour reasserts itself and the mood of the opening movement is revisited in the closing Allegrissimo.

Norah O’Leary.

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Sonata for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon

Composer: Sándor Veress (b. 1907 - d. 1992)
Performance date: Saturday 8th July 2017
Venue: St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland

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Composer Sándor Veress (b. 1907 - d. 1992)
Work Title Sonata for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon
Composition Year 1931
Work Movements Allegro giocoso
Andante
Grave-Allegrissimo
Artist(s) Amy Harmon [bassoon], Mathias Kjøller [clarinet], Olivier Doise [Oboe]
Performance Date Saturday 8th July 2017
Performance Venue St. Brendan's Church, Bantry, Co Cork, Ireland
Event Coffee Concert
Duration 00:09:49
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Trio
Programme Note Writer © Norah O' Leary

Veress was a Hungarian composer, who eventually emigrated in 1949 to Switzerland where he spent the second half of his life. Although Veress managed to survive the interwar Horthy era in Hungary and the ever more repressive regime that followed Hungary’s entry into the War on Germany’s side, it was the Soviet take-over that drove Veress away. He had been a student of both Kodály and Bartók and indeed he succeeded the former as professor of composition at the Budapest Academy in 1943 and was for a long time one of Bartók’s assistants in his folk-music research. So although he was born and bred a Hungarian, Veress is often confusingly described as Swiss.


The three movement Trio d’anches (or Reed Trio) is a fun piece for the listener and performers. The work clearly demonstrates some of the influences on the composer's style with its rhythmic gestures reminiscent of Bartók, and ostinato moments that bring to mind Veress’ Hungarian heritage. He plays around with normal sonata form by opening with a jaunty Allegro giocoso followed by a slightly more serious central movement. However good humour reasserts itself and the mood of the opening movement is revisited in the closing Allegrissimo.

Norah O’Leary.