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Zoltan Kodaly

Zoltan Kodaly

Born: 1882 Died: 1967

Zoltan Kodaly (December 16, 1882 - March 6, 1967) was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, educator, linguist and philosopher.

Though born in Kecskemet, Kodaly spent most of his childhood in Galanta and Nagyszombat (now Trnava, Slovakia). His father was a keen amateur musician, and Kodaly learned to play the violin as a child. He also sang in a cathedral choir and wrote music, despite having little formal musical education.

In 1900, Kodaly entered Budapest University to study modern languages, and began to study music at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, where Hans Koessler taught him composition.

One of the first people to undertake the serious study of folk song, Kodaly became one of the most significant early figures in the field of ethnomusicology. From 1905 he visited remote villages to collect songs and in 1906 wrote his thesis on Hungarian folk song ('Strophic Construction in Hungarian Folksong'). Around this time he met fellow composer Bela Bartok, to whom he introduced Hungarian folk song. The two went on to publish several collections of folk music together, and they both show the influence of folk music in their own compositions.

After gaining his PhD in philosophy and linguistics, Kodaly went to Paris where he studied with Charles Widor. There he discovered, and absorbed influenced from, the music of Claude Debussy. In 1907 he moved back to Budapest, and gained a professorship at the Academy of Music there. He continued his folk music-collecting expeditions through World War I without interruption.

Kodaly had composed throughout this time, producing two string quartets, his sonatas for cello and piano and for solo cello (Op. 8, 1915), and his duo for violin and cello, but had no major success until 1923 when his Psalmus Hungaricus premiered at a concert to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the union of Buda and Pest (Bartok's Dance Suite premiered on the same occasion.) Following this success, Kodaly travelled throughout Europe to conduct his music.

Kodaly subsequently became very interested in the problems of music education, and wrote a good deal of educational music for schools, as well as books on the subject. His work in this field had a profound effect on musical education both inside and outside his home country. Some commentators refer to his ideas as the 'Kodaly Method', although this seems something of a misnomer, as he did not actually work out a comprehensive method, rather laying down a set of principles to follow in music education.

He continued to compose for professional ensembles also, with the Dances of Marosszek (1930, in versions for solo piano and for full orchestra), the Dances of Galanta (1933, for orchestra), the Peacock Variations (1939, commissioned by the Concertgebouw Orchestra to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary) and the Missa Brevis (1944, for soloists, chorus, orchestra and organ) among his better known works. The suite from his opera Hary Janos (1926) also became well known, though few productions of the opera itself take place.

Kodaly remained in Budapest through World War II, retiring from teaching in 1942. In 1945 he became the president of the Hungarian Arts Council, and in 1962 received the Order of the Hungarian People's Republic. His other posts included a presidency of the International Folk Music Council, and honorary presidency of the International Society for Music Education. He died in Budapest in 1967, one of the most respected and well known figures in the Hungarian arts.

In 1966, the year before Kodaly's death, the Kodaly Quartet, a string quartet named in Kodaly's honour, formed.

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Zoltan Kodaly : 333 Elementary Exercises : Vocal Warm Up Exercises : Zoltan Kodaly : 073999969443 : 48002815

Zoltan Kodaly : 333 Elementary Exercises

Review: The Kodaly Choral Method. Edited with annotations by Dr. Percy Young

Songlist: 333 Elementary Exercises

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Zoltan Kodaly : 55 Two-Part Exercises : 2-Part : Vocal Warm Up Exercises : Zoltan Kodaly : 073999864274 : 48009969

Zoltan Kodaly : 55 Two-Part Exercises

Review: The Kodaly Choral Concept is revised in an English Edition by Geoffry Russell-Smith.

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Zoltan Kodaly : 77 Two-Part Exercises : 2-Part : Vocal Warm Up Exercises : Zoltan Kodaly : 48009996

Zoltan Kodaly : 77 Two-Part Exercises

Review: The Kodaly Choral Method is a comprehensive series of progressive songs and sigh-singing exercises designed to promote a thorough understanding of interval and tonality. By incorporative a wide range of Hungarian folk music and poetry, Kodaly has produced a stimulating addition to the repertoire of school and amateur choirs. This collection presents 77 two-part exercises.

Songlist: Two-Part Exercises

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Zoltan Kodaly : Let Us Sing Correctly - 101 Exercises in Intonation : 2-Part : Vocal Warm Up Exercises : Zoltan Kodaly : 073999968996 : 48009982

Zoltan Kodaly : Let Us Sing Correctly - 101 Exercises in Intonation

Review: Based on sol-fa notation combined with unaccompanied part singing from the earliest stages in a child's school music, the Kodaly Method develops musical literacy, secure intonation and rhythmic confidence - essential fundamentals of sound music education. The Kodaly Choral Method is a comprehensive series of progressive songs and sigh-singing exercises designed to promote a thorough understanding of interval and tonality. By incorporative a wide range of Hungarian folk music and poetry, Kodaly has produced a stimulating addition to the repertoire of school and amateur choirs. This collection contains 101 exercises in intonation, and serves as an introduction to the five volumes of two-part exercises

Songlist: Let Us Sing Correctly, 101 Exercises in Intonation

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Zoltan Kodaly : Hungarian Folk Songs for Children's Chorus  : Treble : Sheet Music : Zoltan Kodaly

Zoltan Kodaly : Hungarian Folk Songs for Children's Chorus

Review: The Hungarian composer, Zoltan Kodaly, an ethnomusicologist and educationalist, pioneered the reintegration of folk material into 20th century choral music. All four songs in this packages are arrangements based on Hungarian folk songs for children, with english translations by Georffy Russell-Smith.

Songlist: Hippity, Hoppity, Ladybird, 'Mid The Oak Trees, Evening Song

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Zoltan Kodaly : Mountain Nights - Songs Without Words for Women's Voices : SSA. : Sheet Music : Zoltan Kodaly : 073999673692 : 48010009

Zoltan Kodaly : Mountain Nights - Songs Without Words for Women's Voices

Review: A fascinating and fun set of wordless songs by the Hungarian master.

Songlist: Mountain Nights I, Mountain Nights II, Mountain Nights III, Mountain Nights IV, Mountain Nights V

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9079b | Sheet Music $7.50 | SSA. add item to cart Wordless A Cappella Arrangements


Zoltan Kodaly : The Kodaly Concept of Music Education : DVD : Zoltan Kodaly : 884088237868 : 50486694

Zoltan Kodaly : The Kodaly Concept of Music Education

Review: For decades, there has been a great, worldwide interest in Zoltan Kodaly's concept of music education (better known as the Kodaly Method) which, from time to time, had a different geographical emphasis. Hungarian public education has been operating with successes in spite of the changed social and economical circumstances. Even today, the "Hungarian Method" - to use Kodaly's words- serves as a model for many music pedagogues all of the world. This DVD-ROM provides a many-sided and faithful introduction to the Kodaly Concept; and also presents the study programme of the Kecskemet "mother institute" in an attracting and inspiring way. As well as textual introductions to Kodaly's life and the Kodaly Concept of music education the DVD-ROM provides an overview of the practical application of the method through video excepts pf demonstration classes in kindergarten thru secondary school.

Songlist: Welcome, Kodaly's Life, The Kodaly Concept, Demonstrations, Extra Features, On The Foundation, Impressum

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Linda Rann : Kodaly in the Classroom: Set 1 Intermediate : 01 Songbook : Zoltan Kodaly : 073999705997 : 09970599

Linda Rann : Kodaly in the Classroom: Set 1 Intermediate

Review: Kodaly in the Classroom, Primarily (Set 1) is a collection of children's songs an teacher lessons sequentially organized to teach the basics of pitch and rhythm through singing and games for upper elementary students. The song material consists of American folk and well-known children's songs. Teacher lessons are easy to follow and do not require previous training in Kodaly methodology. The collection includes lesson plans, reproducible singer sheets and activities.

Songlist: Long Legged Sailor, Weevily Wheat, Old Blue, Are You Sleeping?, Button, You Must Wander, Dinah, Dinah, Amasee, Chatter with the Angels, Old Brass Wagon, Canoe Song, Alabama Gal, Love Somebody, Tideo, The Birch Tree, O, How Lovely is the Evening, Music Alone Shall Live, Cape Cod Girls, Viva la Musica, Land of the Silver Birch, Laughing, Singing

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Linda Rann : Kodaly in the Classroom: Set 1 Primary : 01 Songbook : Zoltan Kodaly : 073999327243 : 09970596

Linda Rann : Kodaly in the Classroom: Set 1 Primary

Review: Kodaly in the Classroom, Primarily (Set 1) is a collection of children's songs and teacher lessons sequentially organized to teach the basics of pitch and rhythm through singing and games for younger elementary students. The song material consists of American folk and well-known children's songs. Teacher lessons are easy to follow and do not require previous training in Kodaly methodology. The collection includes lesson plans, reproducible singer sheets and activities.

Songlist: Johnny Works with One Hammer, Bernie Bee, Oliver Twist, Teddy Bear, Charlie Over the Ocean, Tick Tock, The Closet Key, Engine, Engine Number Nine, Bye Low, Michael Finnegan, Skip to My Lou, Who's That Tapping at My Window?, Bounce High, Ring Around the Rosie, Star Light, Star Bright, See Saw, Rain, Rain, Partner, Partner, Little Sally Water, Snail, Snail, Bobby Shaftoe, Lucy Locket, Pease Porridge Hot, I See the Moon, Hot Cross Buns, Hop, Old Squirrel, Let Us Chase the Squirrel, Great Big House in New Orleans, Bow, Wow, Wow, Rocky Mountain High

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Zoltan Kodaly : Choral Works for Children's and Female Choirs : Treble : 01 Songbook : Zoltan Kodaly : 073999110333 : 50511033

Zoltan Kodaly : Choral Works for Children's and Female Choirs

Review: A collection of 75 pieces by noted composer and educator. Suitable for upper voices. Some are quite challenging while other pieces are simple and delightful.

Songlist: Hegyi ejszakak I-V, Jankovich Ferenc: Jelige, Nagyszalontai koszonto (konnyu letet), Nagyszalontai koszonto, Angyalkert - Kecskejatek, Angyalkert - Tyukozas, Angyalkert - Gyertyajatek, Angyalkert - Bent a barany, Angyalkert - Vasarosdi, Hat trefas kanon - Lencse, borso, kasa, Hat trefas kanon - Madarak voltunk, Hat trefas kanon - A leanyka szotalan, Hat trefas kanon - Tyukkergeto, Hat trefas kanon - Furdo utan, Hat trefas kanon - Mikor mentem misere, Szolmizalo kanon, A juhasz, Het konnyu gyeremekkar - Eva, szivem Eva, Het konnyu gyeremekkar - Falu vegen, Het konnyu gyeremekkar - Heja, Het konnyu gyeremekkar - Versenges, Het konnyu gyeremekkar - Ciroka, Het konnyu gyeremekkar - Jo gazd'asszony, Het konnyu gyeremekkar - Zolderdoben, Weores Sandor: Bekedal, Vargha Karoly dr: Az eneklo ifjusaghoz, Nyulacska, Katalinka, A csiko, Cu fol, lovam, and more.

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Zoltan Kodaly : Choral Works for Mixed Voices : SATB : 01 Songbook : Zoltan Kodaly : 50511057

Zoltan Kodaly : Choral Works for Mixed Voices

Review: A collection from the great Hungarian composer for mixed voices. Forty Five arrangements ranging from easy to difficult.

Songlist: Jankovich Ferenc: Jelige (kis vegyeskar), Jankovich Ferenc: Jelige (nagy vegyeskar), Koszonto, Arany Janos, Gyulai Pal: Janos koszonto, Gomori dal, Esti dal, Vargha Karoly dr: Az eneklo ifjusaghoz, Horatius, Vargha Karoly dr: Horatii Carmen, Vorosmarty Mihaly: Magyarorszag cimere, Pange lingua (l), Vargha Karoly dr: Cohors Generosa, Szedo Denes: Adventi enek, Enek Szent Istvan kiralyhoz (fiu-vegyeskar), Enek Szent Istvan kiralyhoz (kisebb vegyeskarra), Enek Szent Istvan kiralyhoz (nagy vegyeskarra), Bodrogh Pal: Sirato enek, Szekely keserves, Petofi Sandor: A Szekelyekhez, Ady Endre: Akik mindig elkesnek, Petofi Sandor: A magyar nemzet, Balassi Balint: Szep konyorges, Az 50. genfi zsoltar, A 121. genfi zsoltar, Szedo Denes: Elso aldozas, Weores Sandor: Norveg lanyok, Weores Saandor: Oregek, Ady Endre: Folszallott a pava, Kisfaludy Karoly: Mohacs, Turot eszik a cigany, Molnar Anna, and more.

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Zoltan Kodaly : Ferfikarok - Choral Works For Male Voices : TTBB : 01 Songbook : Zoltan Kodaly : 50511019

Zoltan Kodaly : Ferfikarok - Choral Works For Male Voices

Review: A collection of unaccompanied works from the famed Hungarian composer.

Songlist: A Magy Arokhoz, A Szabadsag Himnusza - La Marseillaise, Jelige, Enek Szent Istv An Kiralyhoz, A Csiko, Esti DAl, A Nandori Toronyor, Emleksorok Fay Andrasnak, A Franciaoszagi Valtozasokra, Justum Et Tenacem - Renduletlenul, Jelenti Magat Jezus , Rabhazanak Fia, Katondal, Hej Bungozsdi Bandi, Folszallott A Pava, Huszt, Kit Lene Elvenni, Karadi Notak, Semmit Ne Bankodjal, Isten CSodaja, Elet Vagy Halal, Nemzeti Dal, Bordal, Mulato Gajd

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Flemish Radio Choir : Kodaly - Missa Brevis : 00 SACD : Bo Holten : Zoltan Kodaly : 922202

Flemish Radio Choir : Kodaly - Missa Brevis

Review: All the conductors who have worked with the Flemish Radio Choir, or VRK, have no hesitation in ranking it along side the other two great European chamber choirs, Accentus and the RIAS Kammerchor. Its technical confidence, expressive capacity and profound knowledge of the repertoires, as well as its enormous vision and originality in putting together its programs, are the key factors that have led to the inclusion of this elite group in Glossa's selection of artists. Composed during the Second World War (most of it at a Budapest monastery) and completed in 1944, Missa Brevis was first performed in 1945, just after the end of the war, at the Budapest Opera House (where Kodaly and his wife had been forced to seek refuge during the final days of the conflict). In fact, it was actually performed in the dressing rooms, these apparently being the only part of the building that had not been damaged by the constant air raids on the city. It is one of his most notable choral pieces and subliminally conveys the suffering and uncertainty of that endless time during which Kodaly risked his own life on more than one occasion. While all of this certainly helps to explain its powerful emotional and intensely dramatic qualities, more than anything else Missa Brevis is a hymn to hope, a musical poem of extraordinary transparency written in praise not only of the divinity that governs the destiny of humanity and nations but also, rooted as ever in the popular, of religious feeling, as manifested in believers for comfort and strength in the most difficult of circumstances.

Songlist: Introitus, Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus, Ite Missa est, Psalm 121, Psalm 114, Jezus es a kufarok, Szekely Keserves (Piano solo), Szekely Keserves (Choir), The Musicmakers, Norveg Leanyok

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Budapest Girls' Chorus : Choral Music of Kodaly 3 : 00  1 CD : Zoltan Kodaly : 31697

Budapest Girls' Chorus : Choral Music of Kodaly 3

Review: Legendary Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly's 150-odd vocal works created a second golden age in the history of choral music and a flowering of the choral singing movement. These 16 songs, performed by Hungarian Radio and Television Chorus, Conducted by Janos Ferencsik, with Budapest "Kodaly Zoltan" Girls' Choir and Hungarian Army Male Chorus, are filled with national fervor and love of liberty and peace: "To the Hungarians," "National Song," "Soldier's Song," "Battle Song," "Wish for Peace-the Year 1801," "The Hymn of Liberty," "Geneva Psalm CL," "I will go look for Death," "Orphan am I," "Songs from Karad" and "The Peacock"-these are inspirational, dramatic songs, some of them national anthems. "Choral Music of Kodaly 3" beautifully shows the power of one of the most brilliant 20th century composers to create a new renaissance of spirited choral groups and music.

Songlist: To the hungarians, National Song, Soldier's Song, Battle Song, Wish for Peace 0 The year 1801, The Hymn of Liberty, Geneva Psalm CL, I will go look for Death, The Forgotten Song of Balint Balassi, Mohacs, Ode to Ferenc Liszt, Molnar Anna, Orphan am I, Songs from Karad, Huszt, The Peacock

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Cantemus Children's Choir : Choral Music of Kodaly 7 : 00  1 CD : Zoltan Kodaly : 31291

Cantemus Children's Choir : Choral Music of Kodaly 7

Review: Hungary's most famous and innovative composer, Zoltan Kodaly explains his artistic mission thus: "One must write original works, whose point of departure, in their texts and melodies, is the child's soul and the child's voice." One of Kodaly's main interests was the teaching of singing in schools, and conductor Denes Szabo has followed that path, beginning at Primary School No. 4 in Nyiregyhaza in 1969. He directs the school's Cantemus Children's Chorus in 21 of Kodaly's compositions for children's, youth and female choruses, like "See the gypsies," "Evening song," "Seven easy children's choruses," "Hippity hoppity," "Honey, honey," "Gypsy lament," "St. Gregory's Day," "Angels and Shepherds" and "Epiphany." Spirited, award-winning Cantemus, directed by Szabo, is the perfect choice to sing this difficult, beautiful material. "Choral Music of Kodaly 7" is a treat!

Songlist: See the gypsies, Evening song, Seven easy children's choruses, Dancing song, Stork song, Hippity, hoppity, Six humorous canons, Honey, honey, King Laszlo's men, Gypsy lament, Cohors generosa, Horatii carmen, Greeting on St John's Day, St Gregory's Day, Geneva Psalm CL, A Christmas carol, Hymn to St Stephen, Angels and shepherds, Epiphany, Whitsuntide

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Danish National Radio Choir : Kodaly - Missa Brevis : 00  1 CD : Stefan Parkman : Zoltan Kodaly : 9754

Danish National Radio Choir : Kodaly - Missa Brevis

Review: Zoltan Kodaly is best known for his research of folk music and his contribution to the field of music education. A large part of his output is concentrated in the area of choral music. The four works heard on this recording come from the early third of the twentieth century. The Missa Brevis for chorus, alto, tenor, bass solos and organ, is the latest of these pieces and was expanded from his Mass for solo organ. Matrai kepek (Matra pictures) is a set of five pieces which are based on Hungarian folk songs from the Matra region ordered to form a narrative thread. Kodaly's music is dramatic with colorful writing.

Songlist: Missa brevis' (8 Movements), Jezus es a kufarok (Jesus and the traders), Este (Evening), Matrai Kepek

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Debrecen Kodaly Chorus : Zoltan Kodaly - Works for Mixed Choir, Vol. 3 : 00  1 CD : Istvan Parkai : Zoltan Kodaly : 32366

Debrecen Kodaly Chorus : Zoltan Kodaly - Works for Mixed Choir, Vol. 3

Review: The period from 1948 to his death in 1967 was for Kodaly about reaping the fruits. He was a Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Chairman from 1946 to 1949. He received three Kossuth Awards (1948, 1952, 1957), as doctor honoris causa degrees from the universities of Oxford (1960), East Berlin (1964) and Toronto (1966) and honorary memberships from a number of academies around the world. He was made president of the International Folk Music Council in 1961 and honorary memberships from a number of academies around the world. He was made president of the International Society of Music Education in 1964. Two years before his death, in 1965, he received the Herder Prize. He travelled extensively between1960 and 1966, chairing conferences, lecturing throughout Europe in English, German, French and Italian. He lived to see his ambitious plans be accomplished. Edited by Kodaly, the first firve volumes of Magyar Nepzene Tara came out between 1950 and 1967 and at the same time daily music classes based o the Kodaly method were introduced in 120 schools. In the last twenty years of his life his compositional spirit never flagged either; he wrote masterpieces including Hymn of Zrinyi, Mohacs and Laudes organi, and completed Symphony, begun back in the Thirties and previered in 1961 under the baton of Ferenc Fricsay.

Songlist: To The Singing Youth - Varga, Adoration, Wish For Peace - Virag, The Arms Of Hungary - Vorosmarty, Mohacs - Kisfaludy, Media Vita In Morte Sumus, La Marseillaise - De L'isle, Epigraph - Jankovich, Stabat Mater - Todi, Te Deum Of Sandor Sik, Come, Holy Ghost - Batizi, Hymn Of Zrinyi, I Will Go Look For Death - MAsefield, An Ode For Music, Geneva Psalm L

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Debrecen Kodaly Chorus : Zoltan Kodaly - Works for the Mixed Choir, Vol. 1 : 00  1 CD : Peter Erdei : Zoltan Kodaly : 32364

Debrecen Kodaly Chorus : Zoltan Kodaly - Works for the Mixed Choir, Vol. 1

Review: Kodaly stared composing choral works in his student years but he only became a primarily choral composer after the success of Psalmus Hungaricus, from the mid-1920s. This compilation is the first in the set of the Complete Works for Mixed Choir by Zoltan Kodaly. The CD contains, with the exceptions of a short occassional piece, the a cappella compositions of more than three decades. The composer's corrections in the manuscripts and printed scores could be adopted in this recording courtesy of Mrs. Sarolta Kodaly.

Songlist: Misere , Este / Evening, Turot Eszik A Cigany / See The Gypsies Munching Cheese, Uj Esztendot Koszonto / A Christmas Carol, Koszonto / A Birthday Greeting, Matrai Kepek / Matra Pictures, Oregek / The Aged, Akik Mindig Elkesnek / Too Late, Jezus Es A Kufarok / Jesus And The Traders, Horatii CArmen II. 10, Szekely Kereves / Transylvanian Lament, Molnar Anna / Annie Miller, Liszt Ferenchez / Ode To Liszt, A Magyarokhoz / Song Of Faith

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Debrecen Kodaly Chorus : Zoltan Kodaly - Works for the Mixed Choir, Vol. 2 : 00  1 CD : Erdei Peter : Zoltan Kodaly : 32365

Debrecen Kodaly Chorus : Zoltan Kodaly - Works for the Mixed Choir, Vol. 2

Review: Even if we consider only his works for mixed choir, we can see how prolific Zoltan Kodaly was between 1937 and 1947, although this recording contains some later transcriptions as well. Corrections printed in the scores were adopted in this recording thanks to Mrs. Sarolta Kodaly.

Songlist: The Peacock - Ady, Our Father - Szedo, Hymn To The King Saint Stephen, Evening Song, Greeting On St. John's Day, Do Not Grieve - Horvath, Norwegian Girls Weores, First Communion - Szedo, The Forgotten Song Balint Balassi - Gazdag, Cohors Generosa, Advent Song, Geneva Psalm 121, Beseeching - Balassi, Song From Gomor, To The Transylvanians - Peotfi, BAttle Song - Petofi, The Hungarian Nation - Petofi, Lament - Bodrogh

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Hungarian Radio and Television Chorus : Choral Music of Kodaly 1 : 00  1 CD : Zoltan Kodaly : 12352

Hungarian Radio and Television Chorus : Choral Music of Kodaly 1

Review: In the 1930s Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly breathed new life into a form that had been dormant in Europe since the Renaissance, polyphonic choral music. Janos Ferencsik directs the Hungarian Radio and Television Choirs in 6 of Kodaly's best, all sung a cappella in Hungarian: "Hymn of Zrinyl," "Jesus and the Traders," "The Aged," "Norwegian girls" (written in 1940 and said to be in sympathy with Norway, just overrun by Hitler's Reich), "Too Late" and "Ode to Liszt." This is striking, dramatic, impressionistic, historic music, beautifully performed by one of Europe's great mixed choruses.

Songlist: Hymn of Zrinyl, Jesus and the traders, The aged, Norwegian girls, Too late, Ade to Liszt

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Vasari Singers : Kodaly Choral Works : 00  1 CD : Jeremy Backhouse : Zoltan Kodaly : 7161

Vasari Singers : Kodaly Choral Works

Review: "Laudes Organi" was the last large scale work (1966) Kodaly completed. A secular rather than a religious work, it is based on an eloquent Latin text and is "a fantasy on a twelfth century sequence". The work is a summing up of the composer's many interests; the spirit of Gregorian chant, the parlando of Hungarian folk song, the almost visual effects he paints with the divided voices and the magnificent organ interludes, reminiscent of the polyphonic writing of Bach. The whole is nevertheless unmistakably Kodaly and is a wonderful affirmation of his faith in the life-giving power of music. The much-loved " Esti Dal" is based on a folksong collected in Northern Hungary by Kodaly in 1922. "Este", a youthful work - Kodaly was barely 20 when he set the poem by his university teacher Pal Gyulai. The work attained its final form in 1904 and shows remarkable maturity and control. The six-part mixed choir is used to paint a wonderfully evocative pastel of the poem's subject, the peaceful drifting into sleep.

Songlist: Laudes Organi, Esti Dal, Panga Lingua, Este, Missa Brevis, Introitus, Kyrie Eleison, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, Benedictus, Agnus Dei , Ite Missa Est

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Beseeching - BalassiZoltan KodalyDebrecen Kodaly ChorusZoltan Kodaly - Works for the Mixed Choir, Vol. 2 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Cohors generosaZoltan KodalyCantemus Children's ChoirChoral Music of Kodaly 7 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Cohors GenerosaZoltan KodalyDebrecen Kodaly ChorusZoltan Kodaly - Works for the Mixed Choir, Vol. 2 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Come, AwakeZoltan KodalyNational Lutheran ChoirWhile Angels Sing 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Come, Holy Ghost - BatiziZoltan KodalyDebrecen Kodaly ChorusZoltan Kodaly - Works for Mixed Choir, Vol. 3 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
CredoZoltan KodalyVasari SingersKodaly Choral Works 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
CredoZoltan KodalyFlemish Radio ChoirKodaly - Missa BrevisSACDMORE DETAILS 
Da das Pascha NahteZoltan KodalyVarious ArrangersMusica Sacra HungaricaSongbookMORE DETAILS 
Dancing Song Zoltan KodalyCantamusMagic In The Air 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Dancing songZoltan KodalyCantemus Children's ChoirChoral Music of Kodaly 7 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Do Not Grieve - HorvathZoltan KodalyDebrecen Kodaly ChorusZoltan Kodaly - Works for the Mixed Choir, Vol. 2 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Dunkelheit umfangt unsKurt RommelZoltan KodalyVarious ArrangersMusica Sacra HungaricaSongbookMORE DETAILS 
Epigraph - JankovichZoltan KodalyDebrecen Kodaly ChorusZoltan Kodaly - Works for Mixed Choir, Vol. 3 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
EpiphanyZoltan KodalyCantemus Children's ChoirChoral Music of Kodaly 7 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
EsteZoltan KodalyVasari SingersKodaly Choral Works 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Este (Evening)Zoltan KodalyDanish National Radio ChoirKodaly - Missa Brevis 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Este / EveningZoltan KodalyDebrecen Kodaly ChorusZoltan Kodaly - Works for the Mixed Choir, Vol. 1 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Esti Dal Zoltan KodalyKing's SingersLandscape & Time 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Esti DalZoltan KodalyVasari SingersKodaly Choral Works 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Esti DalZoltan KodalyAmabile Men's EnsembleInner Fire 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Esti DalZoltan KodalyHarvard Glee ClubLong Way From Home 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Esti dalZoltan KodalyHarvard Glee ClubA Spring Farewell 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
Esti DalZoltan KodalyKing's SingersThe Best of 2 CDsMORE DETAILS 
Esti Dal (Evening Song) Zoltan KodalyHover Chamber ChoirArmenian Voices 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Evening Song Zoltan KodalyRagazzi Boys ChorusGood News 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Evening songZoltan KodalyCantemus Children's ChoirChoral Music of Kodaly 7 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Evening Song Zoltan KodalyToronto Children's ChorusHow Sweet The Sound 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Evening SongZoltan KodalyDebrecen Kodaly ChorusZoltan Kodaly - Works for the Mixed Choir, Vol. 2 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
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