György Orbán

Hungarian composer György Orbán was born in Transylvania, Romania, in 1947. He studied composition at the music academy of Cluj Napoca/Kolozsvár/Clausenburg, a par excellence multicultural centre of Transylvania. After graduating in 1973 as a student of Prof. Sigismund Toduta and Prof. János Jagamas, he taught music theory at the same institute.

Since 1979 Orban has lived in Hungary, teaching composition and music theory at the Liszt Ferenc Music Academy in Budapest. Up until now his oeuvre has been dominated by oratorical compositions and choral works. His varied instrumental compositions include symphonic pieces, instrumental-vocal combination (songs withaccompaniment of one or more instruments),  brass music and chamber music.

Orbán’s international début was in 1996 at the 4th World Symposium on Choral Music in Sydney, Australia, when John Rutter introduced Orbán’s music in the framework of a highly successful reading session.  The Hungarian is often commissioned to compose choral pieces as well as film- and theatre-music in his home country and also in the United States and Japan.  His works are published by Hinshaw Music Inc. Chapel Hill, NC (United States), Editio Musica Budapest, (Hungary), Editio Ferrimontana Frankfurt am Main (Germany), sub-published by Kawai, Japan.

Mass #2 is one of nine Mass settings by Orban, each with a variety of voicings and accompaniments.   Mass #2 is an eclectic sounding work.  Original Plainsong chant, as in the Credo, contrasts with the rhythmic exuberance and syncopation of the Sanctus.  Harmonically Orbán is always tonal, often with full rich romantic harmonies; at other times dissonance and polytonality enter when required by the spirit of the text.