Zoltán Kodály: Dances of Galánta

Zoltán Kodály Dances of Galánta
Dances of Galánta

Zoltán Kodály: Dances of Galánta

Year of composition:
1933
Scored for:
for symphonic band
Composer:
Zoltán Kodály
Arranger:
R. Mark Rogers (1978)
Instrumentation:
9 2 19 2 - 4 2 6 4 - timp, perc(3–4), alto sax(4), t.sax(2), bar.sax(1), cornet(9) euph(4), cb(1–2)
Instrumentation details:
piccolo
1st flute(4) (+alto fl)
2nd flute(4)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
clarinet in Eb
solo-clarinet in A
solo-clarinet in Bb
1st clarinet in Bb(3)
2nd clarinet in Bb(4)
3rd clarinet in Bb(3)
alto clarinet in Eb(2)
bass clarinet in Bb(2)
contrabass clarinet in Bb
contra alto clarinet in Eb
1st alto saxophone in Eb(2)
2nd alto saxophone in Eb(2)
tenor saxophone in Bb(2)
baritone saxophone in Eb
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st cornet in Bb(3)
2nd cornet in Bb(3)
3rd cornet in Bb(3)
1st trumpet in Bb
2nd trumpet in Bb
1st trombone(2)
2nd trombone(2)
3rd trombone(2)
1st euphonium(2)
2nd euphonium(2)
tuba(4)
timpani
1st percussion(2)
2nd percussion(1–2)
contrabass(1–2)
Duration:
13’
Dedication:
Transcription is dedicated to the Spring Woods High School Band Houston, Texas Bobby Wren, Director
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Work introduction

Zoltán Kodály composed Tänze aus Galánta for the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra in 1933. He chose the themes from written librettos: “Galánta is a small, Hungarian market town on the old railway line between Vienna and Budapest, where the composer spent seven years of his childhood. At that time, a famous gipsy band lived there, who gave the child his first taste of ‘orchestral sound’. Several volumes of Hungarian dances were published in Vienna around 1800, including one ‘by various gipsies from Galánta’. The principle motifs of this work come from those volumes.” (Kodály, from the preface)

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