|ORCHESTRA : Legend of a Plaster God; Two Revolutionary Episodes; First Symphony; Praeludium-Scherzo.|
|BALLET : Santanella.|
|CHAMBER MUSIC : Two Poems.|
|OPERA : Til Eulenspiegel; Northwind; Cities and Years.|
About Lyof Knipper:
Cobbett, W. W. Cyclopedic Survey of Chamber Music; Sabaneyev, Leonid. Modern Russian Composers.
ZOLTAN KODÁLY, whose name is invariably associated with that of Béla Bartók as Hungary's outstanding modern composer, was born in Keczkemét on December 16, 1882. He has described his own childhood picturesquely: "My father was station-master in the tiny townlet of Kecskmét. . . .He adored music. When the last 'rapide' thundered down the valley . . . he would hasten home, seize his violin and, with friends equally enamored, begin to play quartets. Those distant evenings of my childhood! I have only to close my eyes and they return in all their vividness: the dark, rapt faces above the music racks, the sweep of bow, the twang of pizzicati, and myself standing big-eyed in the corner, completely enthralled. Thus I learned the quartets of Haydn. . . .
"Apart from my father's music, and that of his friends, I listened to the gypsy orchestra, the only 'professional' music one could hear in a little Magyar town. These, then, were my first teachers: my father's violin, the gypsies, and the rhythmic rumble of great trains which passed, stopping a moment before our little station."
At the age of eighteen he entered the Budapest Conservatory, studying under Hans Koessler. In the compositions produced by him during his scholastic____________________