In his long life Zoltan Kodály (1882-1967) contributed to the fields of music composition, ethnomusicology and music education. Like his friend and fellow Hungarian Bela Bartók, Kodály developed a strong interest in the folk music traditions of Eastern Europe, an interest that is played out in his original compositions. Like Bartók, he held an academic post at the Budapest Academy of Music and the two men jointly edited a number of folk music collections. Among Kodály’s best known works are the opera Háry Janós, the Dances of Galanta and the Psalmus hungaricus. A passionate music educator, Kodály wrote a vast quantity of pedagogical music which still holds a key place in music education curricula today.

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