Schola Hungarica

Hungarian plainchant and early polyphony choir, founded in 1969 by László Dobszay and Janka Szendrei. Yes this is the same


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Schola Hungarica
Closely connected with research into plainchant history, László Dobszay and Janka Szendrei founded the choir Schola Hungarica with the support of Benjamin Rajeczky in 1969.

Its aim was to perform the scholarly examined melodic repertories and utilize the experiences of research.    So far the ensemble has published 39 recordings and has been awarded several prizes in Hungary and abroad.    

Characteristically, Schola Hungarica does not rely on modern practical editions but uses the material of medieval sources as a basis, drawing thereby a realistic picture of some local plainchant tradition of the Middle Ages. Since the overwhelming majority of the sung items are not available in literature, the recordings of the Schola can also be regarded as a kind of publication.

In addition to the basic medieval repertory the Schola performs items from the following segments of music literature:   

  •         sequence and trope repertory;   
  •         rhymed Office and liturgical plays;   
  •         organum;   
  •         pieces from the age of the Renaissance, early 
                        Classicism and from the 20th century. 

image: ms. Istanbul 094va, courtesy Hungarian Academy, dept. of Early Music

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