This week, Clef Notes travels to Hungary, where we are looking at the use of the region’s folk music in a classical format. Last time, we looked at Bela Bartok, who worked alongside Zoltan Kodaly (1882–1967) to publish folk song collections.
Kodaly is known as a composer, teacher, and ethnomusicologist, who worked at the Budapest Academy of Music. Like Bartok, Kodaly grew up around music, supported by his parents. Many of his works contain Hungarian folk influences, including his Dances of Galanta. As a child, he experienced gypsy band music while passing through the Hungarian town Galanta. Some of these Hungarian tunes were later published in an edition and used as inspiration for this work.
Stay tuned next week as we head to Poland!