Mátyás Seiber

Composer, born 4.5.1905 in Budapest, died 25.9.1960 in Johannesburg


Biography

The composer Mátyás Seiber was born in Budapest in 1905. In addition to studying the cello Seiber also studied composition with Zoltan Kodaly in Budapest. From 1928 he was a lecturer at the Hoch conservatorium in Frankfurt, teaching jazz.


In 1930 Seiber began experimenting with the twelve tone composition technique and in 1935 he emigrated to the United Kingdom, where he worked for Schott and as Theodor Adorno's assistant. He also played in ensembles and worked as a composer and arranger for films such as Animal Farm in 1950 and Cabaret.

From 1942 Seiber was a composition teacher at Morley College in London, where he was highly respected. He was killed in a car accident in Kruger National Park in 1960 while on a lecture tour in South Africa.  


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