Some quotes by Kodály
Real art is one of the most powerful forces in the rise of mankind, and he who renders it accessible to as many people as possible is a benefactor of humanity. (1954)
You will find this (and more) quotes on the page “Kodály quotes” compiled by Connie Foss More (Kodály Society of Canada / Société Kodály du Canada) from The Selected Writings of Zoltán Kodály (Ferenc Bónis, ed. Trans. Lily Halápy and Fred Macnicol; London, Boosey & Hawkes, 1974; ISBN: 9780851620213). For example:
Let us stop the teachers’ superstition according to which only some diluted art-substitute is suitable for teaching purposes. A child is the most susceptible and the most enthusiastic audience for pure art; for in every great artist the child is alive – and this is something felt by youth’s congenial spirit. Conversely, only art of intrinsic value is suitable for children! Everything else is harmful. After all, food is more carefully chosen for an infant than for an adult. Musical nourishment which is “rich in vitamins” is essential for children. (1929)
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