Famous Composers from Hungary

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List of notable or famous composers from Hungary, with bios and photos, including the top composers born in Hungary and even some popular composers who immigrated to Hungary. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Hungarian composers then this list is the perfect resource for you. These composers are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known composer from Hungary is included when available.

List features people like Franz Liszt, Béla Bartók and more!

This historic composers from Hungary list can help answer the questions "Who are some Hungarian composers of note?" and "Who are the most famous composers from Hungary?" These prominent composers of Hungary may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Hungarian composers.

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    Alexander Laszlo was a Hungarian-American pianist, musical composer, arranger and inventor. He was born Sandor Totis, but used the professional name of Alexander Laszlo as a composer and music publisher. Lazlo studied piano at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music, and started as a pianist at the Blüthner ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1895-1970)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Arranger, Pianist, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Attack of the Giant Leeches, The Amazing Mr. X, One Body Too Many, Midnight Manhunt, Double Exposure, + more
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    Béla Bartók is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Composers from Hungary
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    Béla Viktor János Bartók was a Hungarian composer and pianist. He is considered one of the most important composers of the 20th century; he and Liszt are regarded as Hungary's greatest composers. Through his collection and analytical study of folk music, he was one of the founders of comparative ...more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1881-1945)
    • Birthplace: Sânnicolau Mare, Romania
    • Profession: Pianist, Ethnographer, Composer
    • Credits: Melinda and Melinda, Histoire(s) du cinéma, Simon the Magician, Trainwreck, Palo y hueso, + more
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    Edward Kilenyi was a film score composer. more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1884-1968)
    • Birthplace: Békésszentandrás, Hungary
    • Profession: Conductor, Film Score Composer, Author, Composer, Teacher
    • Credits: Abie's Irish Rose, International Crime, Clipped Wings, His People, Because of Eve
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    Ernő Dohnányi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Composers from Hungary
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    Ernő Dohnányi was a Hungarian conductor, composer and pianist. He used a German form of his name, Ernst von Dohnányi, on most of his published compositions. The "von" implies nobility, and, according to the biography by his third wife, his family was ennobled in 1697 and given a "seal," which she ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1877-1960)
    • Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
    • Profession: Conductor, Composer
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    Ferenc Farkas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Composers from Hungary
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    Ferenc Farkas was a Hungarian composer. more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1905-2000)
    • Birthplace: Nagykanizsa, Hungary
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Composer
    • Credits: Two Half Times in Hell, Stars of Eger, The Loves of Liszt, Drama of the Lark, Men on the Mountain
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    Franz Lehár is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Composers from Hungary
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    Franz Lehár was an Austro-Hungarian composer. He is mainly known for his operettas, of which the most successful and best known is The Merry Widow. more

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    • Age: Died at 78 (1870-1948)
    • Birthplace: Hungary, Komárom
    • Profession: Conductor, Actor, Composer
    • Credits: The Merry Widow, The Merry Widow, The Rogue Song, Where the Lark Sings, The Merry Widow, + more
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    Franz Liszt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Composers from Hungary
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    Franz Liszt is a film score composer. more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1811-1886)
    • Birthplace: Raiding, Austria, Austria
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Priest, Pianist, Composer, Virtuoso
    • Credits: Shine, Eyes Wide Shut, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Green Hornet
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    Franz von Vecsey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Composers from Hungary
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    Franz von Vecsey was a Hungarian violinist and composer, who became a well-known virtuoso in Europe through the early 20th century. He was born in Budapest and began his violin studies with his father, Lajos Vecsey, and at the age of eight he entered the studio of Jenő Hubay. Two years later, aged ten, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 42 (1893-1935)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
    • Profession: Composer, Violinist
    • Credits: The Court Concert
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