TIBOR SERLY (1901 - 1978)
The name of the viola player and composer Tibor Serly is inextricably linked with Bartók’s Viola Concerto, of which he made the first complete version, from sketches left by the composer at his death in 1945. Although Serly’s family had settled in the United States in 1905, Serly himself returned to Hungary to study with Kodály and Bartók. Some of his music is based on a synthetic scale of his own devising, but this, and other works, demonstrate a lively and original talent.
Serly’s orchestral works include a Viola Concerto, a Viola Rhapsody and a Concerto for violin and wind instruments in addition to his more experimental Trombone Concerto and two piano concertos.