Zoltán Kodály: Dances of Galánta

Zoltán Kodály Dances of Galánta
Dances of Galánta

Zoltán Kodály: Dances of Galánta

Year of composition:
Scored for:
for orchestra
Zoltán Kodály
Piano reduction:
Jenö Kenessey
2 2 2 2 - 4 2 0 0 - timp, perc, str
Instrumentation details:
1st flute
2nd flute (+picc)
1st oboe
2nd oboe
1st clarinet in A
2nd clarinet in A
1st bassoon
2nd bassoon
1st horn in F
2nd horn in F
3rd horn in F
4th horn in F
1st trumpet in C
2nd trumpet in C
violin I
violin II
Table of contents:
Tänze aus Galanta für Orchester
A Budapesti Filharmóniai Társaság alakulásának 80. évfordulójára. To the 80th anniversary of the Budapest Philharmonic Society.
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Dances of Galánta

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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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Dances of Galánta

Zoltán Kodály: Dances of Galánta

full score
for orchestra , 13’
Instr.: 2 2 2 2 - 4 2 0 0 - timp, perc, str

Next performances

16 Nov

Dances of Galánta

Vaasa City Hall, Vaasa (FI)

22 Nov

Dances of Galánta

Barbican, London (GB)

24 Nov

Dances of Galánta

Richmond School, Richmond (GB)

27 Nov

Dances of Galánta

Cadogan Hall, London (GB)

29 Nov

Dances of Galánta

Northampton Royal & Derngate, Northampton (GB)

World première

Budapest (HU)
Orchester der Philharmonischen Gesellschaft Budapest
Ernö Dohnányi

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