Antal Farkas (born 1925, died 1992) began his musical studies at the Baja Teacher Training College. World War II swept him into the Zombor Military Orchestra, where his talent soon led him towards instrumentation, composition and conducting. He was taught by Vendel Beregi, from whom the collection of Bácsbokodi ‘kolo’ round dances originated that he worked up later. After the war he became a member of the Budapest Police Orchestra, and continued his studies at the National Music School, at the Buda Music Academy and also privately. His excellent teachers included Leo Weiner, with whom he studied instrumentation, among other things. He directed the Soroksár, Harmónia and BKV Concert Wind Ensembles and a number of amateur ensembles. He taught music theory and harmony at the Public Education Institute in elementary, intermediate and advanced courses for wind band conductors, at the training courses for NCO musicians run by the Béla Bartók Music College, and in courses for German band conductors organized by the League of Germans in Hungary. He composed works mainly for wind orchestras and wind chamber ensembles. Towards the end of his life he did a lot of work for the Leipzig radio Wind Ensemble. They commissioned original compositions and also arrangements from him, and he conducted their recordings of his works.
Works for Winds
- Bottle Dance
- Early Hungarian Dances, Intrada and Saltarello
- Folksong Suite
- Humorous March
- Hungarian Folksongs for soprano with wind orchestra
- Hungarian Song and Dance
- Jolly Children's March
- Kemenesalja Fantasia
- Organ Concerto with wind orchestra
- South Slav Round Dances from Bácskabokod
- Trumpet Ländler
None discovered thus far.