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Zoltán Kodály: Dances of Galánta

  • for orchestra
  • 2 2 2 2 - 4 2 0 0 - timp, perc, str
  • Duration: 13’
  • 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
    timpani
    percussion
    violin I
    violin II
    viola
    violoncello
    contrabass
  • Composer: Zoltán Kodály
  • Piano reduction: Jenö Kenessey
  • Table of contents:
    Tänze aus Galanta für Orchester
  • Dedication: A Budapesti Filharmóniai Társaság alakulásának 80. évfordulójára. To the 80th anniversary of the Budapest Philharmonic Society.

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) 

Audiosamples

The complete perusal score (PDF-preview)

World première

Location:
Budapest (HU)
Date:
23.10.1933
Orchestra:
Orchester der Philharmonischen Gesellschaft Budapest
Conductor:
Ernö Dohnányi

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