Zoltán Kodály: It Rains in Town

The academic who was awarded Kossuth Price three times had been tirelessly composing all through his life of 84 years and has left an irreplaceable heritage to his descendants. The teaching method of the world famous Hungarian musicographer, composer and founder of the Hungarian musical pedagogy, Zoltán Kodály, is still in use all over the world from the United States of America to Japan. He composed only instrumental piano music in one period of his grandiose oeuvre between 1909 and 1920, one of the most beautiful pieces of this period is the one titled “It rains in town”.

Liszt: The Fountains Of Villa d’Este

Impressionism in music was born with this wonderful composition of the world famous Hungarian virtuoso pianist Ferenc Liszt. The piece entitled “The Fountains of Villa D’Este” recalls the memories of his days spent in the famous mansion of the Italian noble family Este in Tivoli.

Handel: Water Music

Water Music composed by Georg Friedrich Händel is one of the exquisite pieces of baroque music. According to legend he composed it in order to be restored to George I’s good grace. 

Respighi: Fountains Of Rome

The Italian composition by Ottorino Respighi who was born in Bologna in 1879 is the first piece of the musical trilogy entitled “Fountains of Rome”. He composed it in 1916 to such great success that it was followed by two other masterpieces – by Pines of Rome and Roman Festivals.

Debussy: The Sea

Claude Debussy born in Saint-Germain-en-Laye of France is the never-fading figure of impressionist music. He composed his piece of art entitled The Sea in 1905. The musical stream of the piano resembles a painting, as it reflects on each and every resonance of water.

Schubert: The Trout Quintet

An anecdote has it that this wonderful piece of chamber music which was written for the piano has a Hungarian reference. In 1817 at a friendly gathering in which Schubert also took part, the host offered royal old wine from Szekszárd. This was the evening when the Piano quintet popularly known as “The trout quintet” was composed.

Smetana: Vltava (The Moldau)

One of the founders and most prolific composers of Czech classical music Bedrich Smetana started out – just like Mozart – as a prodigy. At the age four he was a member in an adult an orchestra. Still at a young age together with Ferenc Liszt he founded a musical school. 

Johann Strauss: The Blue Danube

Johann Strauss Jr. was rightly named “The Waltz King”. Born in 1825 in Vienna, Strauss organized the most exquisite balls of his time: the Opera Ball of Paris and in addition many royal state balls to great success.

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