1902 – 1969
Who was Ferenc Szabó?
Ferenc Szabó was a Hungarian composer. As a communist, Szabó was obliged to emigrate through Berlin to the USSR. He became a respected figure in Soviet musical life, and found the opportunities to explore common ground between the concert hall and mass music-making on a far higher level. Besides composing a number of mass songs and film scores, he transcribed the Sinfonietta, originally for chamber orchestra, for an orchestra of domrï. He wrote numerous orchestral works as well and one opera, Légy jó mindhalálig.
He was and remained a committed and staunch Stalinist till the end of his life, and composed many works lauding Soviet premier Joseph Stalin and his accomplishments. Eventually he fell out of favor with the Hungarian Communist Party after his accusations as an informer during the show trials in Moscow in the 1930s became better known. As a result of his accusations a number of fellow Communist Party members had been executed by Stalin's secret police. He was stripped unceremoniously of all his public posts and died in obscurity; no doubt a better fate than befell the earlier victims of the "Great Purge".
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