Summary - Kodaly's Life and Work

Zoltán Kodály - A short biography

Zoltán Kodály was a composer, pioneering ethno-musicologist, groundbreaking educator and music critic. Along with Béla Bartók, he is among the two major figures in twentieth century Hungarian music. He enjoyed a status in his native land that is perhaps unrivaled by any other figure anywhere else in the world.

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A selected bibliography of works by and about Kodály contains further information about his work and the adaptation of the Hungarian approach to music education:

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Selected Chronology

A short selection of events and achievements spanning 85 years of Kodály's life.

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World Wide Legacy


Today many institutions in Hungary and abroad are working with the Kodály concept. However, two institutions are expressly devoted to fostering the legacy of Zoltán Kodály.


Around the world, a number of organisations support the study of Kodály's music and his concept of music education. Information about them is available through our weblinks


Zoltán Kodály's earliest compositions date from the 1890s and his last were composed in 1966. During this long and productive life he created hundreds of compositions in a variety of media and genres. His style was profoundly influenced by his collecting and study of Hungarian folk music.

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