Zoltán Kodály (/ˈkoʊdaɪ/; Hungarian: Kodály Zoltán, pronounced [ˈkodaːj ˈzoltaːn]; 16 December 1882 – 6 March 1967) was a Hungarian composer, ethnomusicologist, pedagogue, linguist, and philosopher. He is well known internationally as the creator of the Kodály Method.
The first love of Kodály's life was Emma Schlesinger, a Jewish divorcee nearly twenty years his senior, whom he married in Budapest in 1910. She passed away in November 1958. In December 1959, Kodály married Sarolta Péczely, his 19-year-old student at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music with whom he lived happily until his death in 1967 at the age of 84 in Budapest.
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On 21 Mar 2018 at 05:44 GMT J Palotay wrote:
Note that his second wife was still very much alive as of last summer -- she attended a concert along with her hundred-year-old mother in August of 2017 (https://www.bama.hu/kultura/helyi-kultura/pecsre-latogat-peczely-sarolta-kodaly-zoltan-ozvegye-1101159/).