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Sunday 27th September 2020
DUO FOR VIOLIN AND CELLO, OPUS 7
I. Allegro serioso, non troppo
III. Maestoso e largamente, ma non troppo lento; presto
Zoltan Kodály studied composition and pedagogy at the Academy of Music at Budapest University and also earned advanced degrees in modern languages and a PhD in philosophy and linguistics . In his 20s and studying for his doctorate, Kodaly toured the Hungarian countryside with Bartok collecting folk music from Hungary and Bohemia and cataloguing these. After being awarded a travel grant he made a trip to Paris where he was influenced by Debussy's compositions. Later he took up teaching at the Academy. His now distinctive Hungarian music was being played in Paris and Zürich.
The Duo was composed shortly after one of his trips with Bartok into the Hungarian countryside . It springs from Kodály's conviction that “The works of art that exert the most powerful influence... are those that express most fully the national characteristics of the artist.” The work uses rich folk-based ideas within the formal structures of classical western music.
Juliet Ayre, violin
James Donaldson, cello