Maestro Dorati

Antal Doráti:
his creative works

Doráti on Doráti
My first composition teacher was Leo Weiner to whom I am deeply indebted for developing my taste and background as a performing musician. After one year with Weiner, I became the pupil of Zoltán Kodály, with whom I remained for the rest of my school life.

After a very prolific youth, my composing activities suffered a long hiatus of twenty years. The circumstances which led me back to writing music belong to another page, but it can be said that for twenty years or so the flow of energy has been such that I regularly produce at least one major work a year, depending on how demanding my conducting schedule is.

If my creative work is not in conformity with today's trends, it is so according to the natural way of my own musical and personal development and above all, to my artistic conscience.

As my teacher, Zoltán Kodály, said 'All of us must bring along our own brick.'

Antal Doráti; St Adrian; August 1976
Quoted from the cover sleeve of Vox Productions recording TV-S34669
  Calum MacDonald on Doráti
Antal Doráti was unquestionably one of the most distinguished conductor-composers of the 20th Century.

Though international in appeal, his music never lost its Hungarian accent and Bartók and Kodály still inhabited his musical imagination in spirit.
Sometimes he confronted them directly; as in the Piano Concerto so clearly a continuation

Zoltán Kodály skating: line drawing by Antal Doráti

Kodaly skating by Dorati
of the line of the last two Bartók concerti, or the Cello Concerto (written to celebrate the virtuosity of its dedicatee Janos Starker) and which evokes so appropriately the Kodály of the 'Solo Sonata.'