„A MI NÉPÜNK AZ ÖN NÉPE, DE AZ ENYÉM IS…”: Kodály Zoltán, Kádár János és a paternalista gondolkodásmód

Péteri, Lóránt (2013) „A MI NÉPÜNK AZ ÖN NÉPE, DE AZ ENYÉM IS…”: Kodály Zoltán, Kádár János és a paternalista gondolkodásmód. Magyar Zene, 51 (2). pp. 121-141. ISSN 0025-0384

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This paper examines the personal relationship between the composer, musicologist and educator Zoltán Kodály and the communist politician János Kádár (1912–1989), who was the leader of the Hungarian party- state between 1956 and 1988. Their actual communication can be reconstructed with the exploration of archival documents from the period of 1959–1966. It appears, however, that Kodály’s personality and beliefs exerted a lifelong influence on Kádár – or, at least, Kádár claimed such an influence was exerted on him. Indirect evidence suggests that their correspondence can be traced back to the period of 1948–1950 during which Kádár held the position of Minister for Home Affairs. Apart from his worldwide reputation as a great musician, Kodály was regarded as a Hungarian national icon who was also nominated for head of state by some important organizations during the anti- Stalinist revolution of 1956. Kádár, who was installed as political number- one by the Soviets, directed the brutal repression of the revolution. Despite their differing world views, the two celebrities conducted a meaningful communication on the basis of their paternalistic approach to Hungarian society as well as their shared commitment to careful reforms and considerate modernization as opposed to the often traumatic and radical political and social changes which Hungarian people witnessed, suffered, or generated between 1918 and 1958.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: D History General and Old World / történelem > DN Middle Europe / Közép-Európa > DN1 Hungary / Magyarország
M Music and Books on Music / zene, szövegkönyvek, kották > M1 Music / zene > M10 Theory and philosophy of music / zeneelmélet, muzikológia
Depositing User: Dr Péteri Lóránt
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2015 07:57
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015 07:57

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