Zoltán Jeney – s/t 1979 LP

Zoltán Jeney s/t LP front cover
Zoltán Jeney s/t LP back cover
Zoltán Jeney s/t LP side B

A founding member of the New Music Studio along László Vidovsky, Péter Eötvös and László Sáry, Zoltán Jeney (born 1943) was one of the composers who, thanks to his trips to Rome, Darmstadt, Stockholm, Warsaw, Paris, etc, as a performer or composer, helped update Hungarian music with contemporary Western techniques like serialism, aleatoric or electronic music, and free local composers from the influence of Bartok and Kodaly. In the 1970s, Jeney transcribed found texts, meteorological data, solitaire and chess games moves or telexes into music and, under the influence of John Cage, Christian Wolff, Morton Feldman and Oriental philosophy, composed a series of minimalist works for unusual instrumentation, a selection of which is offered on this disc.

♫ This 1979 LP, one of the most radical on Hungaroton’s catalog at the time, collects compositions from 1973-78, with members of the New Music Studio performing under Jeney’s direction. Impho 102-6 is a timeless, repetitive piece played on shimmering and resonating metallic plates. Orpheus’ Garden is a peaceful and subdued composition for a small orchestra of 8 instruments, each competing in playing the softest notes possible from their respective instrument, in a very Feldman-esque configuration. The quite uncompromising and radical A Hundred Years’ Average confronts computer sine waves with viola glissandos processed through ring modulator, before the solo piano of End Game returns to Morton Feldman influences.

  1. Impho 102-6 (9:19)
    For six ancient plates
  2. Orpheus’ Garden (15:14)
    For 8 instruments (flute, piano, electric organ,
    clarinet, harpsichord, cello, viola, accordion)
  3. A Hundred Years’ Average (18:00)
    For viola, 2 sine wave generators and ring modulator
  4. End Game (7:52)
    For piano

Total time 50:25
LP released by Hungaroton, Budapest, Hungary, 1979


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More Hungaroton on Continuo’s:

  • István Szigeti ‘Elektroakusztikus művek’ >
  • László Sáry ‘Öt Melankólikus Ének’ >
  • Márta Fábián ‘Contemporary Hungarian Cimbalom Music vol. 1′ >
  • Márta Fábián ‘Contemporary Hungarian Cimbalom Music vol. 2′  >

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9 Responses to “Zoltán Jeney – s/t 1979 LP”

  1. 1 gd September 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    i posted his OM LP over at the Root Blog.

  2. 2 pete September 22, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    hi! could you possibly re-post “István Szigeti ‘Elektroakusztikus művek’”. the link no longer works. if you could that would be great! love the blog by the way :)

  3. 3 continuo September 22, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    @ Greg: Your Zoltán Jeney post can be found here.
    @ Pete: The István Szigeti LP was re-upped for your convenience.

  4. 4 DB Harps September 24, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Well, I for one am thrilled. Hungarotons all around!

  5. 5 continuo September 24, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    The more Hungarotons, the better, IMO.

  6. 6 rob September 25, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    thanks, mr.c

    looking forward to this one.

    the only hungaraton records i have are an amazing lp of hurdy-gurdy music by robert mandel, and some muzsicas. i didn’t know about the electronic stuff…

  7. 7 continuo September 25, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Hi, Rob. Hungaroton definitely delved into electronic music with Szigeti, Jeney, Laszlo Dubrovay or Tamas Ungvary, as well as Péter Eötvös’ Cricket Music.

  8. 8 Acousmata October 8, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Ah, Continuo, I don’t know how you do it. Consistent excellence such as yours must really be quite exhausting.

  9. 9 continuo October 8, 2011 at 6:59 am

    Thanks for your nice comment. This blog is first an exploration of my own music tastes and personality, and I wouldn’t consider maintaining it if it was not a pleasure.

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