Author Topic: Julius (Gyula) von Beliczay (1835-1893): Biography & Catalogue  (Read 2379 times)

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From Grove online:

Julius (Gyula) von Beliczay (1835-1893)
(b Komárom, Hungary, 10 Aug 1835; d Budapest, 30 April 1893). Hungarian composer and teacher. He studied music and music theory with Joseph Kumlik in Pozsony (Bratislava). From 1851 to 1857 he was a student at the Technische Hochschule in Vienna, at the same time studying composition with Joachim Hoffmann, Franz Krenn and Nottebohm and the piano with August Halm. From 1857 to 1871 he lived in Vienna, where he worked as an engineer, composed and taught music. In the 1850s his piano pieces and sacred compositions began to be published in Vienna, Leipzig and Paris; their dedications bear witness to Beliczay’s extensive connections with important figures in the contemporary musical world, including Anton Rubinstein, Liszt, Wagner and A.-F. Marmontel. For the dedication of his Ave Maria to Franz Joseph I (1867) he was awarded the gold decoration ‘Viribus unitis’. From 1862 to 1888 he was a correspondent for the magazines Zenészeti lapok (Pest), Wanderer (Vienna), Blätter für Theater und Kunst (Vienna), Neue Zeitschrift für Musik (Leipzig), and Neues politisches Volksblatt (Budapest). From 1888 until his death he taught theory at the Academy of Music in Budapest.

Among the minor Hungarian composers of the second half of the 19th century, Beliczay was one of the best known at home and abroad. A cultured and cultivated composer, if not particularly original, he acted as a mediator between different cultures: his sacred works, influenced by Schubert, and his chamber and piano music influenced by Schumann, spread the spirit of German Romanticism in France and Hungary; his piano works, which owed their inspiration to Liszt’s and Mihály Mosonyi’s Hungarian style, contributed to the popularity of this eastern European art in western Europe.

Works (selection)

Symphony No.1 in D minor, Op.45
Symphony No.2 in A major, Op.66
Serenade for Strings in D minor, Op.36
Suite de bal, Op.56

String Quartet in G minor, Op.21
String Quartet in A minor, Op.51
String Quartet in B major
Piano Trio in E major, Op.30
works for vn, pf, opp.14, 39;

Sonate quasi fantaisie, Op.40
12 Grandes Etudes, Op.52
numerous other pf works, incl. Tarantella, Op.35
works for pf 4 hands, Opp.13, 22, 36

Vocal & Choral
Mass in F for S, A, T, B, mixed chorus & orch, Op.50
3 male choruses
c15 German and Hungarian songs


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Re: Julius (Gyula) von Beliczay (1835-1893): Biography & Catalogue
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 13 May 2012, 19:29 »
Here is the data from Hoffmeister (and others):
(dates are publication, not composition)


25   Andante for string quartet (or string orchestra)   1882
47   Adagio for cello and piano   1892
       Serenade for String Quintet   
       Chant religieux for violin and piano   
14   Romanze for violin and piano   1875
21   String Quartet in g minor, Op.21   1878
30   Piano Trio in Eb major, Op.30   1883
51   String Quartet in a minor, Op.51   
       String Quartet in B major   


36   Serenade for Strings in d minor, Op.36   1875
45   Symphony No. 1 in d minor, Op.45   1887
56   Suite de bal, Op.56   
66   Symphony No. 2 in A major, Op.66    1892


2   Novelette  in e minor und Romanze in C   
4   Cadenza for Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in c minor   1867
5   Idylle for piano   1868
6   5 Charakterstucke   1868
10   Trauerklange   1870
13   Marsch   
15   Nocturne   1874
18   Valse caprice in D   1878
19   5 Albumblatter im ungarischen Stile   1878
22   3 Pieces in Hungarian Style   1880
23   Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song   1881
24   Notturno in Ab   1881
26   Aquarellen (7 Skizzen)   1882
27   3 Salon-improvisationen (Nocturno, Schlummerliedchen, Albumblatt)   1883
29   Romance et Impromptu   
31   3 Stammbuchblatter (Traumerei/Reverie, Intermezzo, Abendgesang)   1885
33   Notturno in Bb   
35   Tarantella in g minor   1887
37   Variations sur un theme hongrois   
38   Nocturne   
40   Sonate quasi fantaisie, Op.40   
42   2 Valses   
43   Gavotte   
44   Feuillet d'album   
46   3 moments musicaux   
52   12 Grandes Etudes, Op.52   
67   Miniatures   
       Duetto e Capriccio   1865
       Nocturne in B major   1867


7   2 Ghasalen: Im Wasser wogt. Die sterne scheinen   1870
8   2 Lieder: Der schwere Abend. O stille dies Verlangen   
9   Ave Maria for voices and orchestra   1870
11   O Salutaris Hostia   1872
12   Vias tuas   1873
16   2 Lieder: Du bist wie eine Blume. Ich hab' dich geliebt und liebe dich notch   1874
17   2 Lieder: Das Grab. Das Bettelmadchen   1876
20   Ket eredeti magyar (2 songs)   1879
28   2 Kirchen-Gesange (Ave Verum, Exaudi Domine)   1884
32   2 Lieder: Nichts Schoneres. Icht wollt', ich war' ein Vogelein   1885
34   Serenade: „Ziehe Schifflein durch die Wogen   1886
41   3 Mannerchore: Beim Mondenschein. Jager-Marschlied. Am Waldteich   1892
50   Mass in F for S, A, T, B, mixed chorus & orch, Op.50   1891

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Re: Julius (Gyula) von Beliczay (1835-1893): Biography & Catalogue
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 13 May 2012, 19:48 »
Excellent - thanks!


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Re: Julius (Gyula) von Beliczay (1835-1893): Biography & Catalogue
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 16 May 2012, 08:57 »
For some reason I seem to have symphony 2 as opus 62 - not sure there is an opus 62, at that... or where I got my information from, either. Thanks.
Op33 was of course published in or by 1885 -see HMB 1885, page 93. Op.13 similarly published 1873 (HMB 1873, page 162) if not earlier.

The 2nd string quartet is mentioned in some context or other- my German is simply not that good and the words are confusing- in Musikalisches Wochenblatt, Volume 22 page 263, 21 May 1891 issue (in the middle of a several-page biography of Beliczay). Link for those who can "see" it - probably only US people - beginning of bio here (page 262). (Actually, that's the beginning of the last part of a several-part biography. Part 1 begins page 247, mit Portrait).
op.2 was published, w/o opus number, in 1865. See HMB 1865, page 131 (same page as the duetto e capriccio - as often for these things :) )

Op.8 - HMB 1870, page 89
"A cat, as I keep on saying, is also a cat for a' that..." - from Natsume Sōseki's Wagahai wa Neko de Aru (I Am a Cat, part 2 chapter 1)