Compositions

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 and by the works of Debussy.

Most of Kodály's works are published by Universal EditionBoosey & Hawkes, and Editio Musica Budapest and the CDs by Hungaroton

         
 

Among Kodály's compositions are:

  • STAGE WORKS
    Háry János, Op. 15 (1926)
    Székely Fonó (The Spinning Room) (1924-32)
     
  • ORCHESTRAL WORKS
    Summer Evening (1906), Revised (1929)
    Variations on a Hungarian Folksong 'Fölszállott a páva' [Peacock] (1939)
    Dances of Marosszék (1930) [also for piano solo]
    Dances of Galanta (1933)
    Concerto for Orchestra (1939-40)
    Symphony (1930s-1961)
     
  • UNACCOMPANIED CHORAL WORKS - click here for titles of these works
    Approximately 147 works:
    • 24 for a cappella male chorus
    • 45 for mixed chorus
    • 78 for children's and women's choruses
    • Educational compositions (333 Singing Exercises, Bicinia Hungarica I-IV,
      Tricinia, 77/66/55/44/33/22 Two-Part Singing Exercises, etc.) 
       
  • ACCOMPANIED CHORAL WORKS
    Psalmus hungaricus, Op. 13 (1923)
    Five Tantum ergo (1928)
    Pange lingua (for mixed voices (1929)
    Te Deum of Budavár (1936)
    Laudes organi (1966)
     
  • CHAMBER WORKS
    Intermezzo for String Trio (1905)
    First String Quartet, Op. 2 (1908-9)
    Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 4 (1909-10)
    Duo for Violin and Cello, Op. 7 (1914)
    Second String Quartet, Op. 10 (1916-March 1918)
    Serenade for Two Violins and Viola, Op. 12 (1919-March 1920)
     
  • SOLO INSTRUMENTAL WORKS
    Solo Cello Sonata, Op. 8 (1915)
    Prelude (for organ) (1931) (orig. for choral work Pange lingua)
     
  • MASSES
    Organ Mass (1942)
    Missa brevis (organ version-1942; orchestral version-1948)
     
  • SONGS
    Four Songs for Voice and Piano (1907-1917)
    Sixteen Songs on Popular Words for Voice and Piano, Op. 1 (1907-1909)
    Two Songs for Voice and Orchestra, Op. 5 (1913-1916) [also in piano score]
    Belated Melodies, Op. 6 (Seven Songs for Voice and Piano) (1912-1916)
    Five Songs, Op. 9 for Voice and Piano (1915-1918)
    Three Songs, Op. 14 for Voice and Piano (1918-1923)
    Himfy Song for Voice and Piano (1925)
    Epitaphium Joannis Hunyadi for Voice and Piano (1965)
 
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