Thanks for the feedback Eddy, Monica and Chris.
I'm starting to believe now "2p" means 2 pianos. There is a piece in the set, no. 11, where two notes (one per hand) are written a Major 2nd away from eachother. Because this is unusual, writing so close, I could imagine a teacher playing the left hand on one piano and the student playing the melody on his or her own piano. Maybe this is the "Kodály method"
If this is true, I have not followed the directions
About what you say Chris, I agree I could definitely make the melody sound more and the left hand less prominent. There are parts in no. 2 where I repedaled from beat 1 to 2 in the last bar, and listening back it sounds annoying to me. Though the notes sound strange to me, so maybe it's annoying anyway you slice it
I like the idea that parents would send their kids to pianosociety to listen to piece they will play. Maybe this should be enumerated as a mission statement on the main page!
About what you say Monica, I assume you are asking me to write a bio on Kodály? How's this:
Zoltán Kodály was born in Kecskemét, Hungary. He grew up in Galánta where he started playing the violin and sang in the cathedral choir. He would spend his time in the cathedral library where many scores were at his disposal.
In 1897, at the age of 15, Kodály composed a piece for orchestra and his school's orchestra performed it. Three years later Kodály was accepted into the Liszt Music Academy.
1905 would prove to be an important year for Kodály. It was this year that he would meet his first wife and Béla Bartók. Kodály's career would closely follow Bartók's. The next year both enrolled at The Academy of Music at Budapest to study composition. With a mutual interest in Hungarian folk-songs, the two would take trips to the Hungarian countryside and record melodies of kinsman and country folk.
Kodály's contribution to music is immense. His "Kodály method" is based on a method that stresses the importance of vocal training through solfege and hand signal comprehension.
Kodály is mainly known for his Choral and Chamber Music, though his piano literature has its place in modern performance repertoire.
Kodály spent most of his life in Hungary, but visted the United States twice. He remarried a year after Emma, his first wife died in 1958. In 1967 Kodály had the 2nd of two hard attacks and did not recover. Though he is gone, his music remains important to the people of Hungary and those of nations all around the world.
The source material is mosty international kodaly society (http://www.iks.hu
) my textbook "music in western civ" by simms and wright and wikipedia.
And here are the tempo markings for the set: