This volume introduces the reader to the most significant features of Renaissance vocal polyphony based on Lajos Bárdos’ groundbreaking publication entitled "Modal Harmonies”.
In the introductory chapter, a selection of Kodály’s pedagogical compositions is analysed, with the pieces exhibiting various characteristics of Renaissance polyphony and Hungarian peasant songs. Then the theoretical material is summarised and a multitude of well-crafted activities for ear training are presented. The musical quotations are suitable for harmonic analysis, sight-singing, as well as for the improvement of musical memory and musical dictation.
The author, Ms. Erzsébet Hegyi, was one of the most significant representatives of the Hungarian music pedagogy in the field of musical training according to the Kodály concept and the teaching of solfége and music theory. She was a professor at the Liszt Academy of Music for over fifty years. All the outstanding Hungarian master teachers who contributed to the worldwide promotion of the Kodaly-based Hungarian music education principles considered themselves her students. Numerous generations of Hungarian and international fine musicians learnt how to find the meaning of music from her.
This book is the first volume of a 3-volume series in Hungarian, out of which two volumes have been translated into English. The second volume is distributed by Sound Thinking Australia
(Published in 1984, 145 pages, paperback)