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The Internationalist

Donald Macleod explores how in the 1930s Kodaly's reputation had reached the international stage and captured the European imagination.

In the 1930's, Kodály's reputation reached the international stage. Donald Macleod reflects on how Kodály's music captured the European imagination.

Although there are few composers whose work is located so securely within the indigenous folk culture of their homelands, Zoltán Kodály was, by the late 1920s, building himself a formidable international reputation. By now in his 40s, he had had successful premieres across Europe, and was in dialogue with colossally influential figures such as Arturo Toscanini. His difficulties with the Hungarian authorities were long behind him and, buoyed by a new publishing deal, he was at the height of his powers - responding to commissions with exciting new compositions, and able to travel Europe as a champion of Hungarian music.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Zoltán Kodály

    A Song of Faith

    Conductor: Peter Erdei. Choir: Debrecen Kodaly Chorus.
    • Hungaraton: HCD 32364.
    • 4.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    A Song of Faith

    Conductor: Peter Erdei. Choir: Debrecen Kodaly Chorus.
    • Hungaraton: HCD 32364.
    • 4.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Dances Of Marosszek [marosszeki Tancok] Vers. For Orchestra

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Hungarica. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • DECCA : 443 006-2-.
    • DECCA.
    • 18.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Dances Of Marosszek [marosszeki Tancok] Vers. For Orchestra

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Hungarica. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • DECCA : 443 006-2-.
    • DECCA.
    • 18.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Folszallott A Pava [the Peacock] - Trad., Arr. For Chorus

    Conductor: Peter Erdei. Choir: Debrecen Kolcesy Chorus.
    • Hungaraton: HCD 32364.
    • Hungaraton.
    • 1.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Folszallott A Pava [the Peacock] - Trad., Arr. For Chorus

    Conductor: Peter Erdei. Choir: Debrecen Kolcesy Chorus.
    • Hungaraton: HCD 32364.
    • Hungaraton.
    • 1.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Variations On A Hungarian Folk-Song (The Peacock) For Orchestra

    Choir: Hungarian State Opera Chorus. Conductor: Adam Fischer.
    • NIMBUS : NI-5284.
    • NIMBUS.
    • 8.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Variations On A Hungarian Folk-Song (The Peacock) For Orchestra

    Choir: Hungarian State Opera Chorus. Conductor: Adam Fischer.
    • NIMBUS : NI-5284.
    • NIMBUS.
    • 8.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Epigrammak - 9 Vocalises For Voice And Piano

    Performer: Julius Drake. Performer: Natalie Clein.
    • HYPERION : CDA-67829.
    • HYPERION.
    • 11.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Epigrammak - 9 Vocalises For Voice And Piano

    Performer: Julius Drake. Performer: Natalie Clein.
    • HYPERION : CDA-67829.
    • HYPERION.
    • 11.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Molnar Anna [annie Miller] For Voice And Small Orchestra [1943, Rev.1956]

    Orchestra: Budapesti Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara. Singer: György Melis. Conductor: János Ferencsik.
    • Hungaraton: HCD 12839-40-2.
    • Hungaraton.
    • 7.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Molnar Anna [annie Miller] For Voice And Small Orchestra [1943, Rev.1956]

    Orchestra: Budapesti Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara. Singer: György Melis. Conductor: János Ferencsik.
    • Hungaraton: HCD 12839-40-2.
    • Hungaraton.
    • 7.

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