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Both parents were amateur musicians—his father a violinist, his mother a pianist and singer. In turn he studied the germinal links between speech and music, and became a lifelong collector of folk tales, dances and tunes. During his advanced study at the Paris Conservatoire, the budding composer was profoundly influenced by the Impressionist scores of Claude Debussy. His music always tells a story, conjures an image or sketches a scene with verismo front and centre.
From about the pair made a collaborative effort to visit every nook and cranny of their native Hungary in order to audition, notate, and index and sometimes record on an Edison wax roll every specimen of Hungarian folk music they could find. Fortunately, the bounty from those efforts is now available in published collections.
From the Baroque era Bach often used folk melodies in his chorales through to the music of the 20th century Leonard Bernstein and beyond one will be hard pressed to find a composer whose music was not affected by indigenous musical elements. Even polar opposites like Chopin and Wagner could not resist the lure of folk motifs.
The music of this dance suite—seven dances played without interruption—was inspired by the memory of Bohemian gypsy troupes which took up impromptu residence in the village. However, the actual dance tunes quoted here are from a volume of Hungarian folk music published in Vienna around Every bar brims with the swagger of that celebrated tzigane touch—this is rose-in-teeth music, complete with fiery bandanas, spurred boots, and seduction in a glance—a travelogue of gypsy esprit.
Finally, a nocturne of misty colour stands in as an interlude just before daybreak. Memoirs from past motifs drift in like tuneful reveries. And is that a nightingale in the solo clarinet?
And each of the scores is inspired by indigenous folk motifs from their collected surveys, including examples often identified with the nomadic gypsies which were ever-present across Central and Eastern Europe. Yet we should note the controversy which emerged about the distinction between national folk music i. In fact, after a lifetime of study and analysis, he concluded there was no way to distinguish one from the other.
The Concerto for Orchestra begins with sparkle and verve on the wing. The impromptu change in tenor and tone bears the allure of a Baroque passacaglia. Cryptic harmony is at first chanted by a string quartet viola, two cellos, contrabass , with a reply from the clarinet.
In turn, an additional viola and a solitary violin combine into a string sextet. The harmonic variations evolve with diverse phrases in the flute, oboe and horn, elegantly set over lush chords in the harp.
As the development becomes more intricate, generous colouring across the orchestral palette gradually converts into a cathedral organ of a kind, with florid strings, plangent brass, and generous filigree from the woodwinds and percussion. After the perfect storm of high-decibel timbres, the vibrant air settles into a pianissimo close. Every section gets a workout, as the theme is bantered pell-mell across the orchestra.
The rhythmic variety is likewise engaging, with off-beat accents in a gambit of brash harmony on the fly. As a passing souvenir, the second section Largo is momentarily recalled, with zesty figures in the woodwinds.
Then, with a stroke of the baton, the initial energy returns as a snappy coda closes the scene. The lyrics of the legend concern an intrepid peacock which soars on high to bring freedom to oppressed villagers. As for the opening theme, the beguiling tune is not heard in full until the oboe solo near the close of the relatively long opening statement.
What follows is a scamper of eight variations—in reality a series of miniatures—lasting barely four minutes in duration. Variation IX is marked by roulades in the clarinets and flutes, with the soulful tune chanted in the cellos and violins, followed by the five-tone, oriental sparkle of Variation X. The long Andante espressivo of Variation XI offers a poetic dialogue between a limpid English horn and the other woodwinds, with lush writing for Impressionist strings.
The mood is threaded into the following Adagio variation, made urgent with dissonant horns and peals from the trombone and high brass. The tune here is again biased with pentatonic harmonies—also with a distinctly oriental hue. The funeral march variation XIII is unmistakable in pace, with shimmering low trills under distant bugles, all in honour of the passing deceased.
In Variation XIV , a virtuoso cadenza for the solo flute converts deftly into a surreal choir of bird calls, followed by the bumptious Variation XV , with punchy brass and winds in a quick country dance. Variation XVI offers Hollywood-style progressions, again reflecting the oriental motifs heard earlier.
But their alluring music lingered indelibly long. The work begins straight away with a haunting tune which lingers lithe and long throughout the piece, like tuneful trail markers between the upbeat folk dances along the way. The theme is mirrored in colourful variations, from high treble down through the fathomed orchestral bass.
We note a spate of macabre effects from the crosswinds of the brass and higher woodwinds. In sum, the composer blends in at least five folk-like dances in diverse rhythms, all spinning with sparkle and pizzazz. For tender contrast, an enchanted nightingale is conjured by the oboe, with fluttering grace notes, echoed in the piccolo.
After the main theme is treated with richly hued strings and horns, the fourth dance offers a devil-may-care hora a fiery quick-step dance with out-of-harmony strings to add an earthy touch. For the finale, coy bassoons introduce a sassy folk dance, featured in the strings. Very much like a jetstream scherzo , tuneful flares are exchanged across the orchestra—great fun to the zesty close in D major.
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Dances of Marosszék (Marosszéki táncok), for orchestra (transcribed from piano work)
The orchestral rendition, while not a standard repertory item, is the more popular of the two versions of the work today. The six tunes used here he collected from Marosszek, a town in the Szekely region of eastern Hungary. He revealed that the folk sources of these dances are Transylvanian and date back several centuries. The piece opens with a catchy theme whose ethnic character exudes a colorful exoticism and passion.
Zoltán Kodály: Dances of Marosszék
Marosszéki táncok (Kodály, Zoltán)
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