Personalities | Zoltán Kodály | Modern Era | Classical
(Zol’-tan Ko-da’-e) 1882–1967
Kodály was closely associated with Bartók in folksong collecting and research, but his own music takes less radical paths. Apart from his compositions – notably the colourful Peacock Variations (1939) on a Hungarian folk tune, the Dances of Marosszék (1930) and Dances of Galánta (1933), the impressive choral Psalmus Hungaricus (1923), a fine sonata for unaccompanied cello and the comic opera Háry János (1926) – he had a major influence on music education, believing that all children can be taught music by means of choral singing. He wrote much music for this purpose, and his method was widely admired and emulated.
Háry János Suite, Dances of Galánta & Marosszék, Budapest Festival Orchestra (cond) Iván Fischer (Philips/Decca)
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