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Price: $1500.00

EXCELLENT CONDITION

Dual autographed bi-fold program with caricatures by both of the great 20th century Hungarian composers, Margit Island, June 27, 1937.  The occasion was an all-day choral concert by various secondary and college level schools from throughout Hungary and presented outdoors in the polo fields.  Bartók has doodled a heart with an arrow through it symbolizing love and Kodály has included a doodle of a person waving a flag.   We offer with a 5” x 7” doubleweight vintage 2nd state sepia photograph of Bartók.

Translation of the front cover from the Hungarian:

Sunday, 1937 June 27th/6 a.m. to 5 p.m./Margit Island/On the polo track/Singing Youth/Leading Teachers: Damjanich-ucco school of teacher training… Zoltán Csukás/Ranolder Institute… group of Romanians/Salvator Institute… Anna T. Zala/Kőbányat Szent László Jiugimnázium… László Preisinger/Balthyány-ucc ai citizen girls' school… Paula Radnai/Citizen of Fenérváru-uti. girls' school… Magda Maróthi/Civic guard uccai citizen. girls' school… Irene Markóczy/Citizen of Marczibányi Square. girls' school… Josephine Szabó/Citizen of Jászladány. school… leader László Somfai/The concert is individual choirs out of doors/The choir Lajos Bárdos with leader Zoltán Vásárhely/Director: György Kerényi/The program costs 30 fill.(ér)/ “Concert” rt. Váci-ucca number 23. Phone: 1-884-64

Bartók (1881-1945) and Kodály (1882-1967) the most important Hungarian composers of their generation were remarkably close friends and fiercely patriotic for their homeland, but neither were fans of the government.  By 1935 Bartók had some issues with the government and decided to step away from new music.  At Kodály’s insistence, they went back out into the field with their Edison recorder and pursued Hungarian song in the field.  The result for Bartók was a cycle of 27 songs for children, or a woman’s chorus of treble voices called “Choruses in 2 & 3 Parts”, Sz. 103, BB 111.  Seven of those songs were presented in this concert, (translated from the Hungarian), “Don’t Leave me Here”, “Enchanting”, “Song of Lonliness”, “Wooing of a Girl”, “Choosing of a Girl” and “Mocking of Youth”. Kodály who had written such choruses throughout his career had 14 works in the concert.

Bartók in particular enjoyed attending these choral events, as he was a major advocate of music education in schools, but moreover, it allowed him to hear his works with peasant accents as he heard in his head as he was writing the tunes.  There are numerous examples of the songs on recordings.  It is an interesting fact that the music of Palestrina was a great influence in his melodies and despite the fact that the composer was spiritual and not religious were inspired by church choruses of the Renaissance. 

A most unusual program with autographs and doodles of both composers!

Tape in several places seen in our images above from earlier mounting.

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