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Dances of Galánta


The Dances of Galánta, inspired by the eponymous small market town in western Hungary where Kodály spent seven childhood years, is probably his most popular composition. At the end of the nineteenth century a famous Romani band played there, and their sonorities no doubt impressed themselves on him. Yet his main source for this 1933 composition was a Viennese publication containing some music ‘after several gipsies from Galánta’. This music was in the verbunkos (recruiting dance) tradition most widely cultivated by Romani bands from the eighteenth century on. Written for the 80th anniversary of the Budapest Philharmonic Society, the Dances of Galánta is characterised by rondo-form construction and a brilliant, Debussy-influenced orchestration that captures the spirit of the original.

from notes by James Porter © 2004


Kodály: Dances of Galánta; Bartók: Music for strings, percussion & celesta
Studio Master: CKD234Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for CKD234 track 1

Recording date
7 March 2004
Recording venue
Greyfriars Church, Edinburgh, Scotland
Recording producer
Tim Oldham
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs & Calum Malcolm
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