MIHALY MOSONYI (1815 - 1870)
Born Michael Brand, Mosonyi went on to make a significant contribution to Hungarian national music, with the encouragement of his friend and near contemporary Liszt.
As he moved towards music of specifically Hungarian inspiration, Mosonyi wrote a handful of orchestral works of patriotic significance. His Piano Concerto is an overtly Romantic work which was written in 1844 – the same period as his two symphonies, the first of which has echoes of Beethoven.
Mosonyi left a significant quantity of piano music, largely Hungarian in character.
Mosonyi’s chamber music includes seven string quartets, a String Sextet and works for piano trio.