Zoltan Kodaly's World of Music

Zoltan Kodaly's World of Music

by Anna Dalos

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Hungarian composer and musician Zoltán Kodály (1882–1967) is best known for his pedagogical system, the Kodály Method, which has been influential in the development of music education around the world. Author Anna Dalos considers, for the first time in publication, Kodály’s career beyond the classroom and provides a comprehensive assessment of his works as a composer. A noted collector of Hungarian folk music, Kodály adapted the traditional heritage musics in his own compositions, greatly influencing the work of his contemporary, Béla Bartók. Highlighting Kodály’s major music experiences, Dalos shows how his musical works were also inspired by Brahms, Wagner, Debussy, Palestrina, and Bach. Set against the backdrop of various oppressive regimes of twentieth-century Europe, this study of Kodály’s career also explores decisive, extramusical impulses, such as his bitter experiences of World War I, Kodály’s reception of classical antiquity, and his interpretation of the male and female roles in his music. Written by the leading Kodály expert, this impressive work of historical and musical insight provides a timely and much-needed English-language treatment of the twentieth-century composer.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520300040
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 09/08/2020
Series: California Studies in 20th-Century Music , #27
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 298
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Anna Dalos is a musicologist and Head of the Archives for 20th- and 21st-Century Hungarian Music at the Institute for Musicology of the Research Centre for the Humanities, Budapest. She is the author of two monographs on Zoltán Kodály and is a leading scholar on his work.

Table of Contents

Illustrations and Tables

1. Zoltán Kodály's Path 
2. Kodály the Brahmin: The Beginning of the Composer's Career
3. A Paradigm Shift: The Reinterpretation of the Folk Song Concept
4. Finding the Voice of His "Deepest Inner Self": The Case of String Quartet No. 1
5. Commentaries on Debussy: Kodály's Turn toward Western Modernity
6. Nausicaa, Sappho, and Other Women in Love: Women and Modernism in Kodály's Songs
7. "From These Times of War": The Case of String Quartet No. 2 
8. Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man: Kodály after the Trianon Treaty (1920) 
9. An Encounter with a Young Man: The Peacock Variations 
10. Palestrina in Budapest: Kodály's Views on Church Music
11. Why Jeppesen?: Kodály's Readings on Counterpoint 
12. Hungarian Counterpoint: Contrapuntal Technique in Kodály's Works
13. The Art of Fugue: About Kodály's Concerto 
14. A Symphonic Self-Portrait: The Last Years 

Chronology of the Life of Zoltán Kodály
General Index
Index of Kodály's Works

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