For a long time, I thought that music was an instrument of self-expression, but then I discovered that there was much more depth to it. When you no longer want to "sing" about your own feelings and your goal is not achieving "self-fulfillment" anymore, but you simply get dissolved in music you play. It is not you who plays the music, but the music that plays itself through you. This is catharsis to me, art at its fullest, and that is what I aim to accomplish.
Rita Kály-Kullai started her piano studies at the age of 8 in the Music School of Budakeszi.
In 1997, she started her church organ studies in Aelia Sabina Music School with Erzsébet Bartl.
In 2000, she continued her studies at Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music under the supervision of János Pálúr and Gábor Lehotka.
After graduating, she continued her education at the Internationales Institut für Orgel in Saarbrücken, Germany with Bernhard Leonardy.
Towards the Light
In her concert, Towards the Light the artist invites her audience to “spread their wings” and soar together. This musical journey takes off in a deeply emotional, melancholic musical world, from where it leads higher and higher with overarching, impressive dynamic shifts to the world of festive organ music in its full glory.
F. Chopin- F. Liszt: Prelude in E minor, op. 28 No. 4
J. Brahms: Herzlich tut mich verlangen
J. S. Bach: Herzlich tut mich verlangen BWV 727
F. Liszt: The Deads
J. S. Bach: Passacaglia BWV 582
Fantasia in C major, BWV 570
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C major, BWV 564
L. Vierne: Communion
Finale from Symphonie for Organ No.1
Hungary on Organ
Organ music by Hungarian composers
Rita Kály-Kullai’s mission is to escort Hungarian music literature to her audience. The program is based on pieces from the 20th Century, framed by two Liszt compositions. This concert also contains a piece from 2004 by contemporary composer, Márton Levente Horváth. It is also worth mentioning, that this young artist is a former classmate of Rita Kály-Kullai from the Academy of Music.
Franz Liszt: Introitus
Tibor Pikéthy: Improvisation on the Hungarian National Anthem
Márton Levente Horváth: Rosa Mystica
Zoltán Kodály: Gloria, Agnus from Organoedia
Dezső Antalffy-Zsiross: Sportive Fauns
Gábor Lisznyay Szabó: Canzonetta I., II.
Franz Liszt: BACH Preludium and Fugue
Familiar and Unfamiliar
This concert alternates between popular and less well-known masterpieces. Rita Kály-Kullai’s carefully selected repertoire lures us in with its unique dynamics to both the well-paved and untrodden paths of music.
J.S.Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565
Air from Orchestral Suit No. 3 in D major BWV 1068
Fugue in H minor BWV 579
Fugue in G major BWV 577
J. Pachelbel: Canon
G. F. Händel: Hallelujah from Messiah
J. A. Lefébure-Wély: Élévation ou Communion in A minor
Boléro de Concert op. 166
L. Vierne: Légende
Berceuse (24 Piéces en style libre)
C-M. Widor: Toccata from Symphony for Organ No. 5
Based on personal consultation, in addition to the above-mentioned options, it is also possible to compile other concert programs, adapted to the place, occasion and audience. The strict order of Baroque music, the soaring sound of Romantic works and the bold musical moves of the 20th century can all form part of a concert.
"The church organ is a beautiful instrument. Its sound involves the human voice and the roar of thunder, that is the voice of God. The church organ has her own soul. She can pray, cry, sigh, rejoice, be afraid, tremble, comfort and bless people. The church organ has wings that can take a person’s devout thoughts to heaven.”
Géza Gárdonyi: The Lantern