FERENC FARKAS (1905 - 2000)
Initially a pianist, the Hungarian composer Ferenc Farkas studied in Budapest and then with Respighi in Rome. He taught composition from 1949 to 1975 at the Budapest Academy of Music, where his pupils included Ligeti amd Kurtág. His many varied compositions include scores for some 70 films and 40 or more plays, and contributions to almost every musical genre.
Farkas wrote a number of concertos, some for rare instruments, such as his Concertino rustico for alphorn and a Concerto all’antica for baryton, the instrument favoured by Haydn’s patron.