Serly Tibor


December 7, 2021

Tibor Serly (Losonc, November 25, 1901 - London, October 8, 1978) is an American Hungarian composer.


His father, Lajos Serly, was also involved in composing and conducting. He placed all his possessions in the Kisfaludy Theater in Óbuda, and with its fall, financially impossible, he emigrated to the United States in 1905. Tibor Serly returned to Hungary in 1922 to study composition with Zoltán Kodály and violin with Jenő Hubay at the Academy of Music in Budapest. He later played and conducted in bands, especially in the United States. So he toured in Cincinnati, Philadelphia, and the NBC Symphony Orchestra. During Bartók's emigration to the United States, a close friendship and working relationship developed between them. Thus he was able to complete the orchestration of the 3rd Piano Competition (last 17 beats) and the Viola Competition after Bartók's death. He later made orchestral transcripts of Bartók's Microcosm. In the 1960s and 1970s, he had a good friendship with harpist Arisztid Würtzler, who also hosted him when Kodály visited him in the United States. Serly also wrote a piece of harp during her Philadelphia years. It rested in the cellar for a long time, but then Würtzler took it over and played for many years at the New York Harp Ensemble. He lost his life in a tragic car accident in London, and his death shook American Hungarian emigration.

His major works

Viola Competition (1929) Six Dance Designs (1932-1933) Symphony No. 1 (1936) American Mix (1945) Rhapsody (1948) Lament - homage to B. Bartók (1955) Concerto (1953-1958) Symphony in Four Cycles (1960) Canonic Prelude for 4 Harps (1967)


Composer Tibor Serly Fidelio Tibor Serly - Great predecessors, Liszt Ferenc University of Music Előd Juhász – István Kis Kaposi: Talking Harp. Aristid von Würtzler. Tourism Propaganda and Publishing Company, Budapest, 1990

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