Zoltán Kodály

Born: 1882-1967
Nationality: Hungarian
Education/Training: largely self-taught, studied composition at the Budapest Academy of Music and literature at Budapest University and eventually received a 2nd degree in music education and a doctorate in musicology, briefly studied with composer/organist Charles Widor in Paris
Best Known For: major contributions to the fields of music education and ethnomusicology, spent great part of his life traverising his rural homeland in serach of native folk music and culture, endeavors helped to solidify a post-World War II Hungarian musical aesthetic and lent greater prominence to the role of choral singing in musical education, fruits of many compositional labors are evident in the panoply of works which utilize native Hungarian folk melodies, harmonic structures and rhythmic patterns, but are tempered by the harmonic language of European romanticism
Notable Compositions:
String Quartet No. 1, Sonata for Solo Cello, Hary Janos, Missa brevis for soloists, chorus and organ, Psalmus hungaricus, oratorio
Assignments: 1907, appointed to faculty of Budapest Academy of Music, 1911, founded Hungarian Music Society, 1919, made assistant to composer/pianist Erno von Dohnanyi, 1961, president of the International Folk Music Council
REPERTOIRE : Missa Brevis
Double Organ and Chorus 01/14/2001
Reflections of Freedom 10/17/1992
REPERTOIRE : Laudes organi (In praise of organs)
Embrace 01/23/2005
Double Organ and Chorus 01/14/2001
REPERTOIRE : Psalmus Hungaricus Op. 13
Voices of Today 03/02/1991
Kubik, Brahms & Kodály 10/30/1976
The Passing of King Arthur 01/30/1971
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