BIHARI Janos (B-81)

21/10/1764, Nagyabony, Hungary – 26/04/1827, Pest, Hungary

Hungarian Romani violinist. He is one of the founders of Romani academic music and the musical genre verbunkos. In 1801 Bihari created an orchestra which became popular and visited many towns in Hungary and abroad. In every country Bihari learnt local folk and academic music and arranged it to play during his performances. He was also invited to play for the Emperor of Austria. Bihari's melodies were used by such composers as Franz Liszt, Ludwig van Beethoven, Pablo de Sarasate and others. In 1824 Bihari injured his left hand, thus impairing his ability to perform. Subsequently, his popularity declined, and he died in poverty in Pest. Bihari left 84 musical compositions that are considered to be classic.

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