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(1882-1967). Hungarian composer, teacher, critic, ethnomusicologist.

His early studies were in singing, piano, the violin, viola, and cello. Kodaly soon entered the Academy of Music in Budapest, eventually earning a PhD in Hungarian Folk Song studies. His activities in collecting and editing folk songs with fellow student Bela Bartok had a profound influence on his own musical compositions.

Among Kodaly's most highly regarded compositions are the opera "Hary Janos" (the orchestral suite is most often performed), the "Peacock Variations" (Variations on a Hungarian Folk Song), the oratorio "Psalmus hungaricus", and the Dances of Marosszek and Dances of Galanta.

Kodaly traveled widely in Europe and abroad, meeting with other composers and music educators. He developed a series of singing and sight-reading exercises which was a major contribution to music education worldwide, and is now often referred to as the Kodaly Method.

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