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The Library of Congress Music Division

Academic journal article Notes

The Library of Congress Music Division

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The Library of Congress Music Division is processing choral music from the 1930s by Hungarian composers, which were acquired in 1953. The works are part of the holdings of the former Hungarian Reference Library of New York (HRL, 1937-1942), which housed various materials about Hungary and Hungarians. The HRL as an institution represented an effort to foster Hungarian cultural heritage within the Hungarian-American community. Additionally, the choral scores, original Hungarian publications of sacred and secular songs, embody the surge of nationalistic pride in Hungarian traditions and history that inspired the musical community during this era. Versions of Zoltan Kodaly's Enek Szenl Istvan kirdlyhoz (Hymn to St. Stephen) number among this group: mixed chorus, men's voices, boys' chorus, and unison treble chorus with organ. Music by rediscovered composers also emerges; for example, Dezso Boldis' Katonanotak (Soldier Songs), based on Hungarian folk songs. More than fifty scores printed by the Magyar Korus publishing house in the 1930s are being processed.

The larger Library of Congress acquisition included the personal library of Charles Feleky, a Hungarian emigrant, musician, and the visionary behind the HRL, and materials collected after Feleky's death in 1930. …

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