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Zoltan Kodaly

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A Christmas Carol (1)
Adagio (arr. for cello and piano) (6)
Adagio (arr. for viola and piano) (6)
Adagio (3)
An Ode for Music (1)
Angels and sheperds (1)
Ave Maria (1)
Ballet Music (1)
Bicinia Hungarica (2)
Capriccio for solo cello (3)
Cello Sonata, op.4 (8)
Cello Sonatina (2)
Children's Dances (12) (2)
Chorale Preludes (3) (2)
Cohors generosa (1)
Concerto for Orchestra (5)
Dances of Galanta (24)
Dances of Marosszek (version for piano) (4)
Dances of Marosszek (15)
Duo for violin and cello, op.7 (23)
Easy children's choruses (7) (1)
Epigrammak (3)
Epiphany (1)
Este (Evening) (4)
Esti dal (6)
Fantasia Cromatica (after J S Bach's BWV903) (2)
Gavotte for 3 violins and cello (1)
Gavotte (1)
Geneva Psalm114 (1)
Geneva Psalm 121 (1)
Geneva Psalm 150 (1)
Gypsy lament (1)
Hary Janos, op.15 (excerpts transcribed by Andor Foldes) (1)
» Song
Hary Janos, op.15 (6)
Hary Janos Suite (31)
Hippity-hoppity (1)
Honey, honey, honey (1)
Horatii Carmen II (1)
Humorous canons (6) (1)
Hungarian Dances (3) (3)
Hungarian Folk Music (excerpts) (2)
Hungarian Folk Music (1)
» Jugend
Hungarian Folk Songs (excerpts) (1)
Hungarian Rondo (2)
Hymn of Zrinyi (1)
Hymn to St Stephen (1)
Il pleut dans la ville (1)
Intermezzo (3)
Janos-koszonto (1)
Jesus and the traders (1)
Jesus es kufarok (1)
Jezus es a kufarok (2)
Kallai kettos (Double dance of Kallo) (1)
King Ladislaus' men 'Magyars and Germans' (1)
King Laszlo's men (1)
Laudes Organi (3)
Matrai kepek (Matra pictures) (1)
Matra pictures (1)
Media Vita in morte sumus (1)
Meditation on a theme by Claude Debussy (6)
Minuetto serio (1)
Missa Brevis (13)
» Gloria
Norveg leanyok (Norwegian girls) (1)
Ode to Franz Liszt (1)
Organnoeida ad missam lectam (Csendes mise) (1)
Pange Lingua (3)
Piano Pieces (9) (3)
Pieces for piano (7), op.11 (11)
Prelude and Fugue for cello and piano (after JS Bach) (1)
Prelude for flute and guitar (after J S Bach) (1)
Psalm 114 (2)
Psalmus Hungaricus, op.13 (10)
Romance lyrique (1)
See the Gypsys Munching Cheese (1)
Serenade for 2 violins and viola, op.12 (Trio Serenade) (4)
Sonata for solo cello, op.8 (30)
Sonata for violin and cello (1)
Sonatina for cello and piano (5)
St Gregory's day (2)
Stork song (1)
String Quartet no.1, op.2 (4)
String Quartet no.2, op.10 (11)
Summer Evening (5)
Symphony in C major (4)
Szekely Fono (The Transylvanian Spinning Room) (1)
Szelkely keserves (2)
Tancnota (Dancing song) (1)
Te Deum of Buda Castle (1)
Te Deum of Sandor Sik (1)
The Music Makers (2)
The Peacock (3)
The aged (1)
Theatre Overture (3)
Transylvanian lament (1)
Tricinia (1)
Turot eszik a cigany (1)
Valsette (5)
Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, 'The Peacock' (15)
Whitsuntide (2)

Zoltán Kodály (16 December 1882 – 6 March 1967) was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, linguist, and philosopher. He is best known internationally as the creator of the Kodály Method.

In 1905 he visited remote villages to collect songs, recording them on phonograph cylinders. In 1906 he wrote the thesis on Hungarian folk song ("Strophic Construction in Hungarian Folksong"). Around this time Kodály met fellow composer Béla Bartók, whom he took under his wing and introduced to some of the methods involved in folk song collecting. The two became lifelong friends and champions of each other's music.

All these works show a great originality of form and content, a very interesting blend of highly sophisticated mastery in the Western-European style of music, including classical, late-romantic, impressionistic and modernist tradition and at the other hand profound knowledge and respect for the folk music in Hungary and the Hungarian-inhabited areas of Slovakia and Romania. Partly because of the Great War and subsequent major geopolitical changes in the region, partly because of a naturally rather diffident temperament in youth, Kodály had no major public success until 1923. This was the year when one of his best-known pieces, Psalmus Hungaricus, was given its first performance at a concert to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the union of Buda and Pest (Bartók's Dance Suite premiered on the same occasion.)

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Recent Kodaly releases

Antonio Lysy: South America
Antonio Lysy: South America


(Yarlung Records)

Kodaly - Concerto for Orchestra, Dances of Galanta, Dances of Marosszek, ‘The Peacock’ Variations
Kodaly - Concerto for Orchestra, Dances of Galanta, Dances of Marosszek, ‘The Peacock’ Variations



Kodaly - Orchestral Music
Kodaly - Orchestral Music


(Brilliant Classics)

La Maitrise de Toulouse: Slava!
La Maitrise de Toulouse: Slava!


(Regent Records)

Opus 8
Opus 8



Victor de Sabata: Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon and Decca
Victor de Sabata: Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon and Decca


(Deutsche Grammophon)

Kodaly - Music for Cello
Kodaly - Music for Cello


(Brilliant Classics)

The Gerard Schwarz Collection
The Gerard Schwarz Collection



Andre Navarra: Prague Recordings
Andre Navarra: Prague Recordings



Kyrie: Poulenc, Kodaly and Janacek
Kyrie: Poulenc, Kodaly and Janacek


(Signum Classics)

Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Complete Recordings
Sir Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra: Complete Recordings



Janos Starker: Milestones of a Legend
Janos Starker: Milestones of a Legend



Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra
Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra


(Classic FM)