Synopses & Reviews
Hungarian composer and musician Zolt n Kod ly (1882-1967) is best known for his pedagogical system, the Kod ly method, which has been influential in the development of music education around the world. For the first time, author Anna Dalos considers Kod ly's career beyond the classroom and provides a comprehensive assessment of his works as a composer. A noted collector of regional and folk music, Kod ly adapted these traditional heritage musics into his own compositions, greatly influencing the work of his contemporary, Bela Bart k. Highlighting his major music experiences, Dalos shows how Kod ly's musical works were also inspired by Brahms, Wagner, Debussy, Palestrina, and Bach. Set against the backdrop of various oppressive regimes of twentieth-century Europe, Dalos explores other decisive, extramusical impulses in Kod ly's career such as World War I's bitter experiences, his reception of classical antiquity, and his interpretation of the male and female roles in his music. Written by the leading Kod ly expert, Anna Dalos's impressive historical and musical knowledge provides a timely and much-needed English-language treatment of the twentieth-century composer.