november, 2017

vr17nov20:15Lezing: ’het Kodály concept als UNESCO immaterieel erfgoed’Zoltán Kodály Festival20:15 Vredespaleis Den Haag


Engelstalige lezing door László Norbert Nemes, directeur Kodály Instituut Kecskemét, Hongarije.


„Teach music and singing at school in such a way that it is not a torture but a joy for the pupil; instill a thirst for finer music in him, a thirst which will last for a lifetime” proclaims Zoltán Kodály.

Zoltán Kodály is a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, music pedagogue and linguist. He is globally known as the founder of the Kodály Concept for music education. From 17-19 November, musicians and professors from Budapest’s Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music will visit The Hague to celebrate the 135th birth anniversary of Kodály. Included in the so-called Zoltán Kodály Festival is this unique lecture, given by the director of the Liszt Academy’s Kodály Institute, László Norbert Nemes, who will explain the importance of Kodály’s legacy. Introductory words are provided by UNESCO and Peace Palace Library director, Jeroen Vervliet. The lecture will be complemented by Kodály music pieces, performed by Joseph Puglia (violin) and Sietse-Jan Weijenberg (cello).

Zoltán Kodály’s Concept of safeguarding of the folk music heritage of Hungary was selected on the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices by UNESCO in 2016. It found the Hungarian adaptation of Kodály’s concept a worthy model of teaching that contributes to the development of musical skills of children at a very young age and can be implemented in other countries throughout the world as well. UNESCO has designated 2017 as a special Zoltán Kodály anniversary year.

About the Kodály Concept of Music Education
Hungary is globally acknowledged for its rich musical heritage including its folk music tradition widely popularised by the great folk music revival movement that started in the 1970s. Two of the country’s most eminent composers, Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók managed to recapture the most ancient layers of Hungarian folk music during the first decades of the twentieth century when the peasantry, that was in the possession of this unique musical repertory, as class gradually started to disappear. Through their frequent folksong collecting journeys, their scholarly work including the transcription, systematization and publication of this repertory, Kodály and Bartók managed to make these jewels of Hungarian musical culture possessing high cultural and aesthetic values a public property. The scholarly work became a special inspiration for both Kodály and Bartók as composers, and therefore the sound of the village and the peasant people fertilized their compositional style leading to the creation of a new and modern classical musical style.
Zoltán Kodály developed his concept of music education based on the musical and cultural traditions of that of Hungary and Europe. An essential element in Kodály’s educational philosophy is the systematic use of folksongs in school music education. The Kodály Concept has been integrated into Hungary’s public and professional music education with the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy of Music (Kecskemét) and specialized music schools as its centres. Since the International Society for Music Education Conference (ISME) in Budapest in 1964, Kodály centers and institutions adapting Kodály’s concept to local traditions and educational systems have been established across the world. International acceptance of the Concept is evidenced by establishment of the International Kodály Society (1975), providing a forum of exchange for music educators. Nowadays, the Kodály Concept is applied all over the world, including at major institutions in the Netherlands, such as the National Choirs of the Netherlands and the Royal Conservatoire.

The Peace Palace is connected to the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest through the European Heritage Label. Both institutions are recognised for the role they have played in European history and their activities, which bring the EU and its citizens closer together


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