Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Kodalys in:
 • Farkasreti Cemetery
 • Budapest
 • Budapest Capital District
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Zoltan Kodaly
Birth: Dec. 16, 1882
Death: Mar. 6, 1967

Composer. He and Bela Bartok were Hungary's leading composers of the 1900s. Both men were profoundly influenced by their country's folk music, though Kodaly's style was more romantic and accessible than Bartok's. His most famous works were all based on folk material. The "Psalmus Hungaricus" (1923), for chorus and orchestra, was written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the unification of Buda and Pest as the nation's capital. The comic opera "Hary Janos" (1926) has as its hero a well-known folk character, an outrageous teller of tall tales. Kodaly adapted a popular orchestral suite from this opera in 1927. "Dances of Galanta" (1933) were derived from gypsy tunes of his native region. He was also an outstanding teacher and his Kodaly Method of musical instruction is taught throughout the world. Kodaly was born in Kecskemet, Hungary. His parents were amateur musicians. In 1900 he was sent to Budapest to study science but enrolled in the Liszt Academy of Music instead. Around this time he began his lifelong friendship with Bartok, who encouraged him to seek inspiration in folk music. From 1905 Kodaly accompanied Bartok on several ethnomusicological field trips and together they collected thousands of folk songs and dances. He taught at the Liszt Academy from 1907 to 1942 and became assistant director there in 1919. Kodaly's immense fame in his country saved his life during World War II. When the Nazis occupied Hungary he was ordered to divorce his Jewish wife; not only did he refuse to do so, he helped find refuge for dozens of fleeing Jews. Kodaly was eventually arrested for underground activities but his countrymen raised such an uproar that the Gestapo was forced to release him. He devoted his last years mainly to teaching and writing music for children, and he visited the United States in 1965 and 1966. Kodaly's other important compositions include two String Quartets (1909, 1918), the opera "The Spinning Room" (1932), "Te Deum" (1936), "Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song, 'The Peacock'" (1939), Concerto for Orchestra" (1940), "Missa Brevis" (1944), and a Symphony (1961). (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
 
Burial:
Farkasreti Cemetery
Budapest
Budapest Capital District, Hungary
Plot: 20
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Nov 17, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 7026
Zoltan Kodaly
Added by: Bobb Edwards
 
Zoltan Kodaly
Added by: Creative Commons
 
Zoltan Kodaly
Cemetery Photo
Added by: CJBiller
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- Gary Bernard
 Added: Mar. 6, 2014

- Tom A. Hawk
 Added: Mar. 6, 2014

- DENA ANN
 Added: Feb. 23, 2014
There are 48 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.2 after 36 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service