Zoltán Kodály: Jesus and the Traders

Zoltán Kodály: Jesus and the Traders for mixed choir (SATB) a cappella

St. John 2, 13

This piece is Kodály's musical translation of the Cleansing of the Temple, for which he used texts from the Gospel according to John and the Gospel according to Mark.

Instrument:
Mixed choir a cappella
Edition type:
choral score
Composer:
Kodály Zoltán
Theme:
Modern Music
Languages:
German, Hungarian
Edition:
Edition with German/Hungarian lyrics. The English edition is available as UE10739
Edition info:
revidierte Fassung
  • UE30123
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1294-4
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-02821-2
  • 21 × 29.7 cm
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Contents – Jesus and the Traders for mixed choir (SATB) a cappella

  • Jesus und die Krämer

Description

"Jesus and the traders, a pillar of 20th-century a cappella choral music, tells the familiar story of Jesus and the money-changers. In addition to the harmonic complexity of the work - indeed, this is Kodály at his furthest out (not all that far; it's still strongly tonal) - there is a killer fugato as well as passages of rapid close canon, and the choir must sort it all out by itself. I've heard lots of performances, some by very good choirs indeed, but I've not heard anyone but Parkman bring out the essential roughness of the fugue while keeping the clarity of each part. If I hadn't heard it, I wouldn't have suspected it could be done. Furthermore, unisons are true unisons. There's absolutely no detectable variance in pitch from one singer to the other - so little, in fact, that one has a great deal of trouble telling how many singers might be sounding at any one time. Parkman and his ensemble raise the bar." (Steve Schwartz on the CD "Kodály, Choral music", published by Chandos Records in 1999)

Aditional information

Instrument:
Mixed choir a cappella
Edition type:
choral score
Composer:
Kodály Zoltán
Theme:
Modern Music
Languages:
German, Hungarian
Edition:
Edition with German/Hungarian lyrics. The English edition is available as UE10739
Edition info:
revidierte Fassung

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