Archive for May 2009

LA Times: A Spiritual Connection: Ervin Nyiregyházi, Louis ‘Moondog’ Hardin and, yes, Bobby Fischer

May 21st, 2009 | By | Category: News

“A biography has recently been published of yet another remarkable nut case: Moondog, a composer and performer who became a noted street person in New York in the 1950s and ’60s. I had already been thinking about the surprising similarities between Nyiregyházi and Moondog, who died, respectively, in 1987 and 1999, when the news came of [Bobby] Fischer’s death in Iceland

YouTube: Erwin Nyiregyhazi plays Blanchet’s ‘In the Old Turkish Harem Garden’

May 15th, 2009 | By | Category: YouTube

Erwin Nyiregyhazi playing a rare work by Blanchet (‘In the Old Turkish Harem Garden’), in his own free version, preceded by a few words by Gregor Benko.

Short list for Charles Taylor prize announced

May 15th, 2009 | By | Category: Kevin Bazzana

January 23, 2008: Short list for Charles Taylor prize for literary non-fiction announced. Kevin Bazzana, who won various literary awards for the biography of Glenn Gould he published in 2003, makes this year’s short list for Lost Genius: The Story of a Forgotten Musical Maverick (McClelland & Stewart). Bazzana writes about Ervin Nyiregyhazi, a Hungarian-born concert pianist and composer and a deeply disturbed musician of extraordinary talent.

Wall Street Journal: Hungarian Rhapsody

May 15th, 2009 | By | Category: Lost Genius

Wall Street Journal: Born in 1903, Hungarian pianist Ervin Nyiregyházi (pronounced air-veen nyeer-edge-hah-zee) played Buckingham Palace at age 8, was the subject of a book by the time he turned 13 and soon enjoyed critical success on two continents.

As an adult, he was an alcoholic, addicted to paid sex and afraid to perform in public on the piano. His career foundered, despite champions as diverse as Bela Lugosi and Arnold Schoenberg, and he spent decades living in poverty, mostly in a succession of cheap hotel rooms in California, even after his rediscovery and a brief period of international celebrity in the 1970s.

People Magazine: For Pianist Nyiregyhazi, Fame, Unjustly, Is Nine Wives and Ten Photographed Fingers

May 11th, 2009 | By | Category: News

March 13, 1978, Vol. 9, No. 10 For Pianist Nyiregyhazi, Fame, Unjustly, Is Nine Wives and Ten Photographed Fingers When I play, it’s as though I am Franz Liszt himself,” says Californian Ervin Nyiregyházi. Even critics accept the braggadocio. A century back, composer Liszt was himself a child-prodigy pianist, flamboyant maestro and herculean womanizer. His […]

The Lost Zeppelin – Nyiregyhazi

May 11th, 2009 | By | Category: YouTube

In the YouTube excerpt below, Nyiregyhazi appears approximately two minutes in. IMDB describes The Lost Zeppelin: This film, like Capra’s Dirigible (1931), is also loosely based on the crash of the airship Italia, flown by Umberto Nobile, around May 25, 1928 near the North Pole, and the international rescue effort that cost early polar explorer […]