Development of polyphonic skills and part-singing based on the
Kodály - Ádám
Énekes könyv (Singing Books) series

Book 5 (age 10-11)


Summary of musical concepts learnt through the folksong repertory Kodály-Ádám Singing Books, Book 5.

Rhythmic elements, metre:

  • dotted rhythm patterns: “tam-ti”, “ti-tam”
  • 3/4, 3/8 metre
  • changing metre: 2/4 + 4/4, 2/8 + 3/8

Melodic elements and scales:

  • pentatony: “la”, “so”
  • pentachords: “la”, “do”
  • hexachord: “do”
  • modes: aeolian, dorian, mixolydian, phrygian, major
  • minor


Two-part rhythm exercises


Rhythm canons

Example 105

Example 106

Rhythm exercises for practising dotted rhythms

Example 107-109

Rhythm exercises for practising 3/4 metre

Example 110-112

Example 113-115

Example 116-118


Rhythm exercises with changing metre

Example 119-121


Rhythm exercises for practising 3/8 metre

Example 122-125


Simple two-part intonation exercises



Example 126

Example 127-128

Example 129


Example 130-134

Example 135

Example 136



Example 137

Example 138


Aeolian mode

Example 139

Example 140


Mixolydian mode

Example 141

Example 142

Example 143


Dorian mode

Example 144

Example 145

Example 146

Example 147



Example 148


Example 149


Two-part folksong arrangements


Example 150


Two-part material, imitative counterpoint



Zoltán Kodály: Bicinia Hungarica I. No. 2. - “Zöld erdőben fütyül a rigó...”
Zoltán Kodály: Bicinia Hungarica I. No. 3. (no text)
Zoltán Kodály: Bicinia Hungarica II. No. 69. - “Röpülj páva...”
Zoltán Kodály: Bicinia Hungarica I. No. 18. - “Jaj Istenem, a világ...”
Zoltán Kodály: Bicinia Hungarica I. No. 28. (no text)
Zoltán Kodály: Bicinia Hungarica I. No. 20. - “Virágzik a kökényfa...”
Zoltán Kodály: Bicinia Hungarica II. No. 77. - “Csillagoknak teremtője...”

Zoltán Kodály: 15 two-part singing exercises No. 1.




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