Fifty Nursery Songs
Kodály Choral Method Series
By Zoltan Kodály
Edited by Geoffry Russell-Smith
This comprehensive series of progressive songs and sight-singing exercises is designed to promote a thorough understanding of interval and tonality. By incorporating a wide range of Hungarian folk music and poetry, Kodály has produced a stimulating addition to the repertoire of school and amateur choirs.
This collection of 55 nursery songs is not meant to be sight-singing material. These songs are composed to provide very simple note and rhythm patterns for the very young singers. The 5-note (pentatonic scale) is employed so as to avoid the use of semi-tones (half steps) at an age when certainty of intonation is only just developing. The first songs are written on 2 notes only, later progressing to 3, 4 and 5.
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