Tamas Ungvary

Tamas Ungvary was born in 1936 in Budapest and has an extensive classical music education. He was a double bass player in the Hungarian Philharmonic before he studied conducting.

In the 60’s he came to Sweden and began composing electronic music at the Electronic Music Studio in Stockholm where he for many years also worked as a teacher of composition and director of development of different software for EMS computers. In the 90’s, Tamas worked as a professor at the Hochschule für Musik in Vienna and conducted research at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Skuggornas Viskningar
Premiere of new electronic piece, commissioned by Swedish Radio
Hungarian title: Árnyak suttogásai

Motto by Sándor Weöres : Mackó brummog
Mackó brummog:
– Irgum-burgum,
bundám rongyos,
ez abszurdum!

The work is a sound kaleidoscope composed by fragments and reflects my perception and experience of the present, past and a possible future.
Thinking about Samuel Becket’s ” Waiting for Godot ” that I have a lifelong relationship to.
Becket’s absurdity have captured and inspired me. Godot challenge to be
doubting/affirmingly curious about everything. : music, function, tradition, sound, literature, art, the senses, emotions, talents, ideas, visions, ideologies, religions, science, symbols, order and chaos

Godot is, was and will always be !



Sinus-Coitus för piano och tape (1978)
During the preparation and listening to a few hundred sine functions, I discovered that the frequency is pulsing rhythmically at determined constellations although the amplitudes were constant. The work is composed on the basis of these constellations. Even if the “technical” is the starting point, it is a very emotional piece. Hence the title: Sinus Coitus.
It recalls the original and the coveted retrieval of the unit between thought and feeling.

Mats Persson performs the extremly dense and massive piece.
Since 1972, Mats Persson conducted an extensive concert activity, both as a member of ensembles and as a soloist and in piano duo with Kristine Scholz.

Presented in collaboration with EMS and the Swedish Radio

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