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Universal Edition - Zoltán Kodály – Serenade

Zoltán Kodály

Zoltán Kodály
Serenade

Opus: op. 12
Year of composition: 1919-1920
Scored for: for 2 violins and viola
Composer: Zoltán Kodály
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World Première

Location: Budapest / Hungary
Date: 08.04.1920
Main Soloists: Imre Waldbauer, vln, János Temesváry, vln, Egon Kornstein (Kenton), vla

Work Introduction

Kodály composed this piece for two violins and viola shortly after his String Quartet II, during a time when he was dealing with personal difficulties. Together with Bartók and Dohnányi, he had taken part in the so-called Music Directorship in the 1919 Hungarian Soviet Republic, for which he was resented after its suppression by the rightist regime of regent Horthy. He wrote only a handful of pieces during those years; after the Serenade, his Psalmus Hungaricus did not follow until 1923.

The Serenade’s path to international renown began in Salzburg in 1922, as part of a chamber-music festival which made musical history through the foundation of the IGNM. It was performed by the Amar-Hindemith Trio, Hindemith playing the viola. The work was discussed in publications including Universal Edition’s Musikblätter des Anbruch.

The Serenade impressed Bartók very much. “This composition,” he wrote, “is a genuine, modern product of Hungarian culture. It is extraordinarily rich in melodies with exotic characteristics influenced by the strong rubato of old peasant music.”

Pocket score – Serenade

  • for 2 violins and viola
  • Edition type: pocket score
  • Series: Philharmonia Pocket Scores
  • PH601
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1746-8
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-01761-2
EUR 14,95

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Set of parts – Serenade

  • for 2 violins and viola
  • Edition type: set of parts
  • UE6655
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1754-3
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-01770-4
EUR 22,95

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