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Fictitious Hungarian composer

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« on: December 29, 2013, 10:17:16 am »

Some time in the early to mid 1990s a new recording of orchestral works by a composer whose name I had never heard before was announced in the BIS records catalog. I cannot recall the name now, but if memory serves me right, he was said to have lived from around 1862 to 1945. I was intrigued at first, and then amused when I read the description: The orchestra playing on that CD was the Symphony Orchestra of the Hungarian Refuse Collection Services...! At the back of the catalog, among the list of recordings planned for the future, there was that name again: apparently, BIS were planning to record the complete orchestral works, provided the mislaid scores could be found! It never ocurred to me to order that CD and see what would happen and I didn't keep the catalog either. Does anybody remember that entry - and did you perhaps even act on it and order the CD? Were the people at BIS just having fun with people like me who are always on the lookout for really obscure composers?
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