Muzsika – Hungarian Monthly on Classical Music
Pro Musica Foundation, Budapest, Hungary
Muzsika is the leading Hungarian monthly on classical music now in its 53rd year. The magazine covers all major Hungarian musical events, concerts, opera performances, contests and festivals; it publishes reviews of books, sheet music and recordings; and it carries interviews with accomplished musicians. Contemporary music is dealt with in a wide variety of genres from criticism (of works as well as of performances), interviews, portraits, analyses of individual pieces and entire œuvres through to reviews of books, sheet music and recordings. The magazine closely follows the contemporary music scene: it attempts to show a panoramic view of Hungarian contemporary music while its resources only allow it to sample novelties from abroad. There is no other source in Hungary to keep abreast of contemporary music on such a regular and updated basis. Its main focus is on Hungarians at home and abroad with a special emphasis on such torchbearers of the profession as György Kurtag, György Ligeti, Peter Eötvös, Andras Szöllösy, Zoltan Jeney and Laszlo Tihanyi to name but a few. Hungarian premieres abroad are also reviewed and analyzed in detail. In recent years, the magazine had the opportunity to cover the world premieres of Jozsef Sari's two operas in Germany (Sonnenfinsternis, Der Hutmacher), Laszlo Tihanyi's Genitrixin France and several of Peter Eötvös' operas. Currently, Muzsika is the only printed source of regular, multifaceted and analytical information on contemporary music. The EvS Music is funding the publication of Muzsika in 2011.