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Hungarian composer of music; born Dec. 13, 1859, at Kaschau on the Hernad, chief town of Aber Uj Var district, Hungary. He commenced his studies at the Realschule in Pesth, intending to become an engineer, but left that institution and entered the Landesmusikakademie, where he was a pupil of Volkmann and Erkel. Subsequently he was appointed music-teacher in various institutions, and at the present time (1904) he holds the office of instructor in music at the Jewish teachers' seminary at Budapest. At the Pesth gymnasium he organized a pupils' orchestra; in 1894 he founded the Hungarian Women's Chorus; and in 1896 he established a school of music which enjoyed considerable popularity.

Major is an excellent pianist and has become known through his composition of chamber-music. His works include: two trios; several violin sonatas; a piano concerto: a serenade for stringed orchestra; a "Hungarian Sonata"; several songs; and choruses for female voices.

  • Riemann, Musik-Lexikon.
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