The latest publication of the Kodály Institute is a much-needed, long-awaited project by a former professor of our Institute, the internationally renowned Lilla Gábor. “Kodály’s Principles in the Perspective of the 21st Century – Based on Zoltán Kodály’s Writings and Speeches” is aimed for all those who wish to delve into the authentic sources: the complexity of Kodály’s vision in his own words.
As Lilla Gábor writes in the Introduction: “Since Kodály's death – over the course of five decades – the historical, cultural environment has undergone a significant transformation. The new generation growing up, the young children of our age, have a particular need for the kind of education which only music – and art in general – can provide.” Yet, “Are Kodály’s original intentions always understood correctly?” “What can actually be considered an adequate adaptation, based on Kodály’s original ideas?” “I have come across some outstanding, beautiful work in various places”. “However, in many cases some methodological elements are turned into gimmicks, get overemphasized, taken out of context, and lack the fundamental musical background.” “Frequently this leads to another gap: between the tools and the final goal of music teaching.”
“The main purpose of this comprehensive overview is to lead us to a deeper understanding of Kodály’s fundamental views and principles in the perspective of the 21st century. It covers numerous important and inspiring aspects of music education, reaching back to the authentic sources: Kodály’s original writings and speeches. His spiritual legacy combined with his pedagogical guidance continue to be an essential, relevant source in a universal, cultural and human aspect.”
This publication is unique in its structure and scope: The entire publication is based on quotes extracted from all available writings and speeches by Kodály, systematically organized in chapters, indicating the date and publication of each source. Among the illustrations, a wide range of video demonstrations is included. These videos have been recently recorded in Hungary as the finest examples of the practical implementation of Kodály’s universal concept, from kindergarten through primary and secondary school to the Liszt Academy.