Kodály, Zoltán, 1882-1967

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Birth 1882-12-16
Death 1967-03-06

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Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, and educationist.

From the description of Autograph letters signed (5) and autograph postcards signed (2), dated : Budapest, Paris, London, and Brussels, 1948 and 1950, to Sir Ivor Atkins in Worcester, 1948 June 4 and 1948 June 2 and 1950 Feb. 8 and 1948 Feb. 8. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270578936

From the description of "Uj esztendőt köszöntő" : autograph manuscript, 1929. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270566555

Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist of Hungarian folk music, educationalist, and critic. He taught theory and composition at the Liszt Academy of music beginning in 1907 and, upon his retirement, served as Director of the Academy in 1945. His compositions include Psalmus Hungaricus, the operas Háry János (1926), and Spinning Room (1932), as well as the orchestral Dances of Marosszék (1930) and Dances of Galánta (1933), all reflecting influences from the Hungarian tradition. Other orchestral works include: Concerto for Orchestra (1939–40), Symphony (1957–61) and, one of his best-known scores, Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song (1938–39). He became president of the Hungarian Arts Council in 1945 and, in 1962, received the Order of the Hungarian People's Republic. (Biographical information drawn from the International Kodaly Society at http://www.iks.hu/).

George Barány (1922-2001) was a Hungarian refugee who studied History at the University of Colorado at Boulder, receiving his M.A. in 1958 and his Ph.D. in 1960. Having taught History at the University of Denver between 1960 and 1992, he retired as professor emeritus. Barány served as president of the Conference on Central and East European History of the American Historical Association and the American Association for the Study of Hungarian History. His honors include two Fulbright awards for Hungary, fellowships of the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Philosophical Society and IREX. Barány's works include: Stephen Széchenyi and the Awakening of Hungarian Nationalism, 1791-1841 (1968) and The Anglo-Russian Entente Cordiale of 1697-1698: Peter I and William III at Utrecht (1986).

From the guide to the Zoltán Kodály Letter to George Barány (MS 209), November 1953, (University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries. Special Collections Dept.)


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  • Choral music
  • Celesta and harp with string orchestra--Parts
  • 1948.06.04
  • English horn and oboe music, Arranged--Parts
  • Minuets (String quartet)--Scores
  • Chamber orchestra music, Arranged--Parts
  • Music--Manuscripts
  • 1948.06.02
  • Woodwind trios (English horn, oboe (2)), Arranged--Parts


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