Zoltan Kodaly Biography
Kodly, a colleague of Bartk in the early collection of folk music in Hungary and neighbouring regions, made his later career in his own country, where the system of musical education he devised has had a profound effect, as it has abroad. His own music is imbued with the spirit and musical idiom of Hungary and is in general less astringent than is sometimes the case with the music of Bartk. He was active as a composer until his death in 1967. Stage Works
Kodly wrote relatively little for the stage. His Singspiel or musical play Hry Jnos, more widely known in the orchestral excerpts heard frequently in the concert hall, deals with the alleged exploits of an old soldier, Jnos, who has a vivid imagination and no regard for truth or probability. These include his single-handed defeat of Napoleon and the French armies.