Budapest, July 18 (MTI) – Part of a collection of manuscripts, music and photographs relating to Hungarian composer and pianist Ernst von Dohnanyi (1877-1960) has been brought to Hungary from Florida, Hungarian officials announced in Budapest on Friday.
The vast collection maintained by the Florida State University also contains letters, books, recordings and several of Dohnanyi’s personal items from his Florida home.
The part of the collection of thousands of items has been donated to the musicology institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences by Sean Ernst McGlynn, Dohnanyi’s step grandson, said Monika Balatoni, the foreign ministry’s state secretary for cultural diplomacy. It will be maintained by a research group taking care of 20th-21st century musical archives, she added.
The Hungarian government has committed itself to acquiring more of the Dohnanyi collection deposited with the Florida University’s School of Music and has earmarked 60,000 dollars for the purpose, Balatoni said.
The last third of the Dohnanyi collection is maintained by the British Library, and talks are under way on purchasing it, she added.
Dohnanyi left Hungary in 1944 to settle in the United States, where he taught at Florida State University from 1949 until his death in 1960.
Balatoni said that marking the 55th anniversary of Dohnanyi’s death, a memorial plaque would be unveiled on the wall of his Tallahassee home in Florida on February 9, 2015.
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