When Kodály constructed a suite of music from his opera Háry János
, he further immortalised the braggart soldier of the title. Dreamlike and fantastic, the six scenes are imbued with imaginative writing of sweeping intensity, embracing a love-duet, a mock-epic battle, a folk song, and a vigorous recruiting dance. In the Dances of Galánta
he again employed the Hungarian verbunkos
recruiting dance tradition to celebrate the eightieth anniversary of the Budapest Philharmonic Society. The Konzertstück
of his compatriot and near-contemporary Ernö Dohnányi is a full scale cello concerto of considerable lyric beauty.