Sunday Bandstand 30 May 2021

Sunday Bandstand 30 May 2021

Zoltán Kodaly; b:16.12.1882 – d: 6.03.1967) was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist (someone who studies the music of the world), pedagogue (teacher), linguist, and philosopher. He is well known internationally as the creator of the Kodaly method of music education.

Born in Kecskemet, Hungary, he learned to play the violin as a child.

In 1905, he visited remote villages to collect songs and recording them on phonograph cylinders. In 1906, he wrote a thesis on Hungarian folk song, ‘Strophic Construction in Hungarian Folksong’. At around this time he met fellow composer and compatriot Béla Bartok, whom he took under his wing and introduced to some of the methods involved in folk song collecting. The two became lifelong friends and champions of each other's music.

Partly because of the World War One and subsequent major geopolitical changes in the region, and partly because of a naturally rather shy temperament in youth, he had no major success until 1923.

His first wife was Emma Gruber died. In December 1959, Kodaly then married his 19-year-old student at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music with whom he lived happily with until his death in 1967, at the age of 84 in Budapest.

In 1966, he toured the US and gave a special lecture at Stanford University, where some of his music was performed in his presence.

Throughout his adult life, Kodály was very interested in the problems of many types of music education, and he wrote a large amount of material on teaching methods as well as composing plenty of music intended for children's use. Beginning in 1935, along with his colleague Jenő Ádám (14 years his junior), he embarked on a long-term project to reform music teaching in Hungary's lower and middle schools. His work resulted in the publication of several highly influential books.

The Hungarian music education program that developed in the 1940s became the basis for the Kodály Method. Although Kodály himself did not write down a comprehensive method, he did establish a set of principles to follow in music education, and these principles were widely taken up by teachers (above all in Hungary, but also in many other countries) after World War II.

The city of Pécs commissioned a full-length bronze statue, located in Szent István square, in his honour in 1976. According to the wishes of the sculptor, the work stands with its back to the Cathedral and facing a former playground, so that it was facing children, whose musical education was the most important thing in Kodaly’s life. He is depicted as a fragile old man walking amongst the horse-chestnut trees.

At one point during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, the Workers Councils decide they should form the government with Kodály as president "because of his great national and international reputation.

On this week’s show we have music from his Háry János is a Hungarian folk opera which has been arranged for brass bands by Ray Farr. 

Playlist  30 May 2021 

Recording Details 

Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Opening for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010
The Defenders - Ray Cresswell Boscombe Band of the Salvation Army BM: Howard J. Evans - 2011  'Joy Through the Ages' - Salvationist Publishing & Supplies – SPS CD283 - 2011
Tintagel - I mvt King Arthur  2 mvt Elaine 3 mvt Merlin the Magician - Denis Wright Leyland Band MD: Philip Harper - 2011   'The Age of Chivalry' CD - Doyen: DOYCD280 - 2011
Tambourin - François Joseph Gossec arr. J.Graham Walker Cornet Soloist James Shepherd with the James Shepherd Versatile Brass - 2002  'Solo Reflections' - CD - Kirklees Recording KRCD1041 - 2002
Bolero - Maurice Ravel arr. Howard Snell Brighouse & Rastrick Band MD: Dr. David Thornton - 2018  'Bolero' - Concert Series Vol. 1 - CD - SP&S Recording DOYCD381 - 2018
Hora Staccato - Grigoras Dinicu  Euphonium Soloist Aaron Vanderweele with the New York Staff Band (USA) BM: Ron Waiksnoris - 2003  'Air n Variations' - CD - Triumphonic Recordings - 2003
Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - Paul McCartney arr. Philip Harper Vocal Soloist Stephen Hamnett with the Cory Band MD: Philip Harper - 2018  'The Art of Brass' - C D - SP&S DOY CD382 - 2018
Kerygma - Steven Ponsford International Staff Band BM: Dr. Stephen Cobb - 2010  'So Glad' - CD - SP&S Recording - SPS 266 - 2010 
Musetta's Waltz from La Boheme - Puccini  Soprano Soloist Roy Roe with the Band of the Yorkshire Imperials Metals MD: Trevor Walmsley DFC - 1973  'Sounds of Brass Series Vol: 6' - Vinyl - Decca Recording SB306 - 1973  
I've Got Rhythm - George Gershwin  Brass Band of Battle Creek (USA) MD: Jeff Tyzik - 1994  'Brassmatazz' - CD - Brass Band of Battle Creek Recording - 1994
Marching Through Georgia  arr. Goff Richards  Leyland DAF Band MD: Richard Evans - 1990  'Master Brass Vol 1 All England Masters Championships' - CD - Polyphonic Recording QPRL 046D - 1990
A Caledonian Journey - Alan Fernie Test Valley Brass MD: Steve Large - 1998 -  'National Brass Band Finals'  - CD - Doyen Master Series DOY CD087 - 1998  - 
Kim - Allan Street  Cornet Soloist Brian Taylor with the Williams Fairey Band MD: Alan Lawton - 2006  'Best of Brass - Williams Fairey Band' - CD - Compilation Music Delta CD6590 - 2006 
I Vow to Thee My Country - Gustav Holst arr. Ray Steadman-Allen  International Staff Band BM: Stephen Cobb - 2000  'Renassiance' - CD - SP&S CD135 - 2000
Who wants to Live Forever - Brian May arr. Philip Harper Leyland Band MD: Philip Harper - 2011  'The Age of Chivalry' - CD - Doyen Recording DOYCD280 - 2011
Chinese Take-Away - Elgar Howarth  Grimethorpe Colliery Band MD: Elgar Howarth - 1976  'Grimethorpe Colliery Band' - Vinyl - Decca Recording Sound of Brass Series SB 325 - 1976
Windows of the World 1) Amazonia 2) Rainforest 4) Drums of Thunder - Peter Graham  Brass Band of the Western Reserve (USA) MD: Dr. Keith Wilkinson - 2007  'Windows of the World' - CD - BBWR - 2007 
The Summer Knows - Michel Legrand arr. Darrol Barry Trombone Soloist John Barber with the Fodens Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2015  'Patrons' Choice VIII' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD345 - 2015
Entrance of the Emperor and his Court - Zoltan Kodaly arr. Ray Farr Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag (Norway) MD: Ray Farr - 1997  'Best By Farr' - CD - Doyen Recording DOY CD059 - 1997
Crown Imperial March - Sir William Walton arr. Denis Wright  Black Dyke Mills Band MD:  Major Peter Parkes -1993  'Best of Brass Vol. 2' - CD - Pulse PBXCD450/2 - Compilation - 1999 
Rhythm and Blues – Philip Sparke   Closing for weekly show Foden's Band MD: Michael Fowles - 2010​  'Patrons' Choice III' - CD - Egon CD-SFZ154 - 2010

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