Item #39348 Autograph musical quotation signed from the composer's Singspiel, Háry János. Zoltán KODÁLY.

Autograph musical quotation signed from the composer's Singspiel, Háry János

Two measures notated in blue ink on an album leaf measuring 125 mm. x 157 mm.

Slightly worn and soiled; browning to margins.

Háry János, to a libretto by Béla Paulini and Zsolt Harsányi after János Garay’s comic epic Az obsitos (‘The Veteran’), was first performed in Budapest at the Royal Hungarian Opera House on 16 October 1926.

"[It] is a Singspiel whose main protagonist is a fictional Transdanubian character who takes part in the Napoleonic wars. ... The popularity of Háry János was created by the orchestral suite assembled from it. The three odd-numbered movements of the suite are exalted in tone and of folk inspiration; the three even-numbered sections have a mocking, parodistic quality. These last are also a rare expression of Kodály's full-blooded humour." Oxford Music Online

"With the success of the Psalmus hungaricus [the première of which was conducted by Dohnányi on November 19, 1923] Kodály had made a fresh start, and his career gained further momentum with the premières of the Singspiel Háry János ... and of the six-movement suite drawn from it (Barcelona, 24 March 1927). These works consolidated Kodály’s stature the world over: Toscanini and Mengelberg, Ansermet and Furtwängler were among the first to include them in their programmes.

With Bartók, [Kodály] was one of the creators of a new Hungarian art music based on folk sources, and he laid the foundation for the development of a broadbased and musically literate culture." László Eősze, revised by Mícheál Houlahan and Philip Tacka in Grove Music Online.

Item #39348

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