43rd National Táncház Festival & Fair • 5–7 April 2024
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Part II. Veress Sándor (1907–1992) – Hungarian composer, folk music researcher, student of Kodály and Bartók. Born in Kolozsvár (now Cluj-Napoca, Romania), Veress Sándor died in Bern, Switzerland. He emigrated from Hungary in 1949. He studied under Kodály at the Hungarian Academy of Music in Budapest from 1925 to 1929, then as a student of Bartók until 1932. As long as he was in Hungary he maintained close contact with Kodály. For more than 40 years Hungary had been cut off from contact with Veress and his work. Printed here is Veress ’s salute to Kodály Zoltán on his 70th birthday discussing amongst other things Kodály’s choice to stay in Hungary rather than emigrate during/after WW II as many Hungarian artists did. First published in Látóhatár January, 1953/ later in Forrás 2007/12.