I’m no classical music scholar, but I’ve sung choral music for many years. Even with that experience, when I first heard and got the chance to sing the music of Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly it was both challenging and satisfying in the way that only difficult classical music can be.
Kodaly is not a well-known composer, check out his biography on Wikipedia here. His tunes are sometimes based on folk melodies, though they’re often unrecognizable in the swirling vocal arrangements. As a singer, a Kodaly piece is an athletic event requiring superior control, but his compositions have been adapted and arranged for children’s chorus as well.
The best way to understand Kodaly, however, is to hear his music done well…check out several examples below: