Kodalli, Nevit, Turkish conductor and composer; b. Mersin, Jan. 12, 1924. He studied with Necil Kazim Akses at the Ankara Cons., graduating in 1947. He then went to Paris, where he took lessons with Honegger and Boulanger (1948–53). After teaching at the Ankara Cons. (1953–55), he conducted at the Ankara Opera (from 1955). He was a composer at the Ankara State Theater (from 1962). His music preserves the traits of Turkish folk melos, but the harmonic and contrapuntal treatment is in the manner of the French modern school. Among his works are 2 operas (1955, 1963), a Sym. (Ankara, May 20, 1950), an oratorio, Ataturk (Ankara, Nov. 9, 1953), and 2 string quartets (1947, 1966).
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