LOUIS T. HARDIN (MOONDOG). In the beginning was tonality. Then came atonality which was revolutionary. Tonality continued in folk music and popular music, in spite of atonality, but in the case of serious composers, it was taboo to even think of writing tonal on pain of being ignored and unperformed. I persisted in writing tonal music, and by opposing the atonal revolutionaries, I became a counter-revolutionary. I maintained the tonal tradition, unaware that the founder of atonality himself had repudiated the 12-tone System, which he had conceived. But that was not the end of atonality, for even though its founder gave it up, his pupils did not, and so, for the time being, at least, it survives. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, Tonality!
This recording of the Kodaly Hary Janos suite is one of the greatest ever made, of any performance in the entire orchestral repertoire, in the history of mankind. The composition itself, the musical execution by Maestro Szell, as well as the technical aspect of recording, all utterly breathtaking.