Bence Szabolcsi

Hungarian music historian

Bence Szabolcsi was a Hungarian music historian. He was born in Budapest, the younger son of Miksa Szabolcsi (1856-1915), editor of the Hungarian Jewish weekly Egyenlőség. He studied musicology at Leipzig University, gaining a doctorate in 1923 with a thesis on the Italian monodist composers Pierro Benedetti and Claudio Sarcini. He edited the first music dictionary in Hungarian, established the Department of Musicology at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in 1951, and established the Bartók Archive in 1961.

A list of his works can be see in the journal article "Bence Szabolcsi's Works" by Melinda Berlász and I. Homolya, published in Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, Akadémiai Kiadó (1969),  7-25.


More biographies: 

Ferenc Bonis, "Szabolcsi, Bence" in Oxford Music Online. Published in 2001.

"Bence Szabolcsi" in The Liszt Frenc Academy of Music.

"Bence Szabolcsi" in Wikipedia.


See also:

Szabolcsi, Bence. "The "Proclamation Style" in Hebrew music" in Studies of the Jewish Music Research Centre, ed. Israel Adler. Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1968. 249- 250, 38- 39. 

Frigyesi, Judit. "Jews and Hungarians in Modern Hungarian Musical Culture" in Studies in Contemporary Jewry: Volume IX: Modern Jews and Their Musical Agendas, ed. Ezra Mendelsohn, Vol. 9. 40- 60.