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Kodály Zoltán: Children's Dances

for flute and piano

sheet music

Transcribed by Bántai Vilmos – Bántainé Sipos Éva
Setting: Flute and Piano
Genre: Pedagogical performance pieces
Period: 20th Century
Language: Hungarian, English, German
Length: 28 pages
Format: 23 x 30,2 cm (Bach)
Published: May 2020
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest
Item number: 15069
ISMN: 9790080150696
Most of Zoltán Kodály's (1882-1967) pedagogical compositions are written for voices. Some piano collections, which use the black keys of the instrument to draw the attention of music learners to the various possibilities of the pentatonic range, can be regarded as exceptions. The earliest of these is the twelve-piece cycle Children's Dances, which dates back to 1945 and addresses the needs of advanced pianists, not beginners. Its melodies reflect characteristics of Hungarian folk dance tunes, while their setting even evokes the sound of original folk instruments commonly used for accompaniment.

Vilmos Bántai and Éva Bántai-Sipos selected eight of the Children's Dances to transcribe for flute and piano. In these transcriptions, recommended for music school students, the original e flat-g flat-a flat-b flat-d flat range is always transposed to easier-to-read keys. In the case of two pieces, two different transpositions (one being very easy to play and the other more difficult) are even offered. The flute is undoubtedly featured as a melodic instrument in these pieces, while the piano sometimes plays a supporting role and other times shares equal status with the flute.

This publication is printed on high-quality, age-resistant paper that is produced in an environmentally-friendly, climate-neutral manner using renewable raw materials.


Children's Dances No. 1
Children's Dances No. 2
Children's Dances No. 4
Children's Dances No. 6
Children's Dances No. 5
Children's Dances No. 8
Children's Dances No. 12
Children's Dances No. 10
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