Kodály Zoltán: Choral Works for Children's and Female Voices - Extended and revised edition

January 10, 2024

With his over 130 works for unaccompanied choir Zoltán Kodály laid the foundation of modern Hungarian choral literature.

This volume of works for children's and female voices is an extended and revised edition. Containing a total of 59 compositions, three of which were not included in earlier editions, it is the most complete and most authentic edition of Kodály's choral works for children's and female voices to be published thus far. It has been edited based on uniform principles, contains easy-to-read, first-rate musical scores, and includes an informative Epilogue.

The volume is available both in paperback and clothbound.

New Bárdos choral work publications in English

November 8, 2023

Lajos Bárdos (1899-1986), composer, musicologist, teacher, and choral conductor, laid down, together with Kodály, the foundations of 20th-century Hungarian choral music.

Through his work as a conductor, he raised the standards of Hungarian choral singing to an international level in a few decades.

His compositions were directed towards cultivating Hungarian choral life: they draw on Renaissance polyphony and Hungarian folk music, following Kodály and Bartók. His works, which are models of choral writing, deal sensitively with Hungarian prosody and radiate an inner harmony and vigor.

A selection of his most popular choral works has been published with English texts by Gail Needleman in five volumes.

New contemporary works from UMPEMB

October 19, 2023

Several new contemporary instrumental and choral works was published by Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest in the past months.

Discover the novelties by Zoltán Gárdonyi, Gyula Csapó, Zsolt Serei, Máté Balogh and other excellent composers.

Schott Music Group - EMBZ Announcement

August 7, 2023

Hungarian leading sheet music publisher and distributor Editio Musica Budapest Zeneműkiadó (EMBZ) has announced a new distribution deal with German music distributor Schott Music Group, with immediate effect.

For many years EMBZ has been wholesaling the Schott Music Group catalogues (Schott, Boosey and Hawkes, Wiener Urtext, Zimmermann, etc.) in Hungary.

In this new agreement, EMBZ will exclusively distribute them in HungarySlovakia and Romania.

Music dealers can add Schott Music Group titles to their orders from EMBZ, with hundreds of titles in stock.

Buzzing Polka

June 23, 2023

Buzzing Polka, composed in 1993, is one of the earliest compositions by László Dubrovay (*1943) for concert band, which has become a huge success due to use of special timbres and effects which had been unexploited in the genre earlier.

Already the title tells that classical musical values and surprising moments of special brass instrument techniques can be both found in the work. Every second in the striking character piece is made interesting by the excellent balance between the pillar-like harmonies enriched by distant overtones and horizontal melody formation.

Performing Buzzing Polka is a great opportunity for conveying the message and values of the music of the 20th and 21st centuries through the contrast between classical melodies and new ways of instrumentation.


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