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  • We put up the fancy spires first. When we saw that the whole edifice was shaky, we set to building the walls. We have still to make a cellar.
    (Zoltan Kodaly)

  • I would advise my young colleagues, the composers of symphonies, to drop in sometimes at the kindergarten, too. It is there that it is decided whether there will be anybody to understand their works in twenty years' time.
    (Zoltan Kodaly)

  • Real art is one of the most powerful forces in the rise of mankind, and he who renders it accessible to as many people as possible is a benefactor of humanity.
    (Zoltan Kodaly)

  • Only art of intrinsic value is suitable for children Everything else is harmful.
    (Zoltan Kodaly)

  • Let us take our children seriously! Everything else follows from this... only the best is good enough for a child.
    (Zoltan Kodaly)


  • We should read music in the same way that an educated adult will read a book: in silence, but imagining the sound.
    (Zoltan Kodaly)

  • Singing connected with movements and action is a much more ancient, and, at the same time, more complex phenomenon than is a simple song.
    (Zoltan Kodaly)

  • To teach a child an instrument without first giving him preparatory training and without developing singing, reading and dictating to the highest level along with the playing is to build upon sand.
    (Zoltan Kodaly)

  • The laws of morals and the laws of music are the same.
    (Zoltan Kodaly)


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