Music: Birthday in Budapest

In 1923, it had been 50 years since the twin cities of Buda and Pest had been welded into one, and the city fathers wanted some commemorative music. They chose a black-bearded Hungarian named Zoltan Kodaly (rhymes with so high) to write it. The Psalmus Hungaricus that he wrote for the occasion is still considered by some critics the finest choral work of the 20th Century.

Last week it was the city's turn to honor the composer. In the cool, wide Romanesque gardens of Budapest's Karolyi Palace, concertgoers gathered to pay Zoltan Kodaly homage...

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