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Zoltán Kodály:
The Kodaly Method

Zoltan Kodaly developed a method for teaching music. It is still used by teachers around the world today. Jill Trinka, who teaches the Kodaly Method, talks with Naomi Lewin.

Music heard in this episode:
Williams: Close Encounters of the Third Kind: The Conversation
Rodgers: The Sound of Music: Do, A Deer
Beethoven: Symphony #7: second movement
Copland: Simple Gifts

Other shows about Zoltán Kodály:
About Zoltán Kodály
The Story of Hary Janos
Classical Composers who Used Folk Music

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About Zoltán Kodály
12/16/1882 - 3/6/1967
Born in Hungary

Zoltán Kodály was born in Kecskemét, Hungary. Because his father worked with the Hungarian Railway System, the family was transferred a lot. As a result, Zoltán learned about music from all different parts of his country as he moved around. That was the beginning of his life-long interest in folk music.

Both of Zoltán's parents were amateur musicians, so there was also music in the house. As a boy, Zoltán learned to play the violin, piano, viola and cello. He performed in his school orchestra and at home with his parents.

As an adult, Kodály continued traveling around Hungary, collecting and studying Hungarian folk music. Much of the music he composed was based on folk songs he collected on his travels. And he also for created a new way to teach music to kids. His system became known as Kodály Method, and it's still used today by teachers around the world.

Kodály's most popular work is the suite from his opera Háry János. Háry János was a real man who liked to sit around at the village inn telling tall tales about his youth. One of those tales had him defeating Napoleon's army all by himself. The "Viennese Musical Clock" describes the mechanical clock Háry János claimed to have heard at the Austrian emperor's palace.

See other composers born in Hungary


This Week's Quiz:

1. Solfege gives what musical spelling to the steps of the scale?

A, B, C, D, E

Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol

One, Two, Three, Four, Five

2.Zoltan Kodaly thought which of the following was at the heart of all music?





3. Which syllable name in the Kodaly Method is for a note that lasts one beat?






Zoltán Kodály
“Viennese Musical Clock” from Hary Janos

Composed in 1926
Performed by Hungarian State Orchestra
Mátyás Antal, conductor

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