Eugene Zádor

Jenő Zádor (5 November 1894, Bátaszék – 4 April 1977, Hollywood, California), also known as Eugene Zador, was a Hungarian-American composer.

He studied at the Vienna Music Academy and in Leipzig with Max Reger. He taught from 1921 at the new New Vienna Conservatory and later at the Budapest Academy of Music. In 1939 he emigrated to the United States, where he soon found employment in the music department of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (M-G-M). He composed (anonymously) music for a number of film scores, but regarded his movie work as merely supportive of his own creative activity. For this reason he preferred to work at home on the orchestration of other composers' music. The most notable collaboration was with his fellow Hungarian Miklós Rózsa, with whom he worked until 1961. He also wrote a number of operas in which the characterization and orchestration are worthy of note, and orchestral pieces in a style that owed something to Reger and Richard Strauss, including the popular Hungarian Caprice (1935) and concertos for such instruments as the cimbalom (1969) and accordion (1971).

Although his operas are said to be strongly characterized and skillfully orchestrated, his compositional style remained within the late romantic language of Richard Strauss and Max Reger (he claimed to occupy a position "exactly between La Traviata and Lulu)".

Birth and Death Data: Born May 11th, 1894 (Bátaszék), Died April 4th, 1977 (Hollywood)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1935

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor CVE-87580 12-in. 1/14/1935 Hungarian caprice Ray Fitch ; Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra ; Eugene Ormandy Orchestra, with tárogató solo composer  
Victor CVE-87581 12-in. 1/14/1935 Hungarian caprice Ray Fitch ; Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra ; Eugene Ormandy Orchestra, with tárogató solo composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Zádor, Eugene," accessed August 1, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102736.

Zádor, Eugene. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 1, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102736.

"Zádor, Eugene." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 1 August 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102736

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