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Born: 1882, Kecskemét, HungaryDied: 1967, Budapest, Hungary

Brought up in the country, ZOLTÁN KODÁLY knew folk music from childhood and also learned to play the piano and string instruments, and to compose, all without much training. In 1905 he began his collaboration with Bartók, collecting and transcribing folk songs, and his major works draw on Magyar folk music. He was also the impetus for the comprehensive music education system called the Kodály Method.

Further listening:

Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 (1914)Nigel Kennedy, Lynn Harrell(EMI Classics)

Háry János Suite (1927)Budapest Festival Orchestra,Iván Fischer (Philips)

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