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Zoltan Kodaly

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Adagio (arr. for cello and piano) (6)
Adagio (arr. for viola and piano) (6)
Adagio (3)
An Ode for Music (1)
Ballet Music (1)
Bicinia Hungarica (1)
Capriccio for solo cello (3)
Cello Sonata, op.4 (6)
Cello Sonatina (2)
Children's Dances (12) (2)
Chorale Preludes (3) (2)
Concerto for Orchestra (5)
Dances of Galanta (23)
Dances of Marosszek (version for piano) (4)
Dances of Marosszek (12)
Duo for violin and cello, op.7 (23)
Epigrammak (3)
Este (Evening) (4)
Esti dal (5)
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)
Hary Janos, op.15 (excerpts transcribed by Andor Foldes) (1)
» Song
Hary Janos, op.15 (5)
Hary Janos Suite (30)
Hungarian Dances (3) (arr. Fejgin) (1)
Hungarian Dances (3) (3)
Hungarian Folk Music (excerpts) (1)
Hungarian Folk Music (1)
» Jugend
Hungarian Folk Songs (excerpts) (1)
Hungarian Rondo (2)
Hymn of Zrinyi (1)
Il pleut dans la ville (1)
Intermezzo (2)
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)
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 (12)
» 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 (10)
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 (9)
Romance lyrique (1)
Serenade for 2 violins and viola, op.12 (Trio Serenade) (4)
Sonata for solo cello, op.8 (29)
Sonata for violin and cello (1)
Sonatina for cello and piano (4)
St Gregory's day (1)
String Quartet no.1, op.2 (3)
String Quartet no.2, op.10 (8)
Summer Evening (4)
Symphony in C major (2)
Szekely Fono (The Transylvanian Spinning Room) (1)
Szelkely keserves (1)
Te Deum of Sandor Sik (1)
The Music Makers (2)
The Peacock (3)
The aged (1)
Theatre Overture (2)
Transylvanian lament (1)
Turot eszik a cigany (1)
Valsette (4)
Variations on a Hungarian Folksong, 'The Peacock' (15)
Whitsuntide (1)

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

David Oistrakh: Encores
David Oistrakh: Encores



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Zara Nelsova: The Cello Queen



Saint Louis Classics
Saint Louis Classics


(Regent Records)

Bartok & Kodaly - Concertos for Orchestra
Bartok & Kodaly - Concertos for Orchestra



Eduard van Beinum conducts Twentieth-Century Masterpieces
Eduard van Beinum conducts Twentieth-Century Masterpieces


(Australian Eloquence)

The Solitary Cello: Kodaly, Dutilleux, Britten
The Solitary Cello: Kodaly, Dutilleux, Britten


(Claudio Records)

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