- Category : Entertain-Music-Composer/Arranger
- Type : MS
- Profile : 2/4 - Hermit / Opportunist
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Eden 4
Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, linguist, and philosopher. He is best known internationally as the creator of the Kodály Method.
He was an authority on Hungarian folk music. He was also important as an educator not only of composers but also of teachers and, through his students, contributed heavily to the spread of musical education in Hungary. After studying for a short time in Paris with the composer-organist Charles Widor, he became teacher of theory and composition at the Budapest Academy of Music (1907–41).
With Béla Bartók, whom he met in 1906, he published editions of folk songs (1906–21). His folk-song collection formed the basis of Corpus Musicae Popularis Hungariae (established 1951).
Kodály created an individual style, Romantic in flavour and less percussive than Bartók, that was derived from Hungarian folk music, contemporary French music, and the religious music of the Italian Renaissance. His works, many of which are widely performed, include Psalmus Hunga.
He died 6 March 1967.