New Stamps from Hungary

Centenary of Lions Clubs International

hungary lions club stampLions Clubs International was founded in 1917 by the then 38-year-old Chicago businessman Melvin Jones with the determination to carry out – in addition to the basic activities of the local business club – goodwill work for the community and for the whole world. The initiative was accepted by Melvin Jones’ group, the Business Club of Chicago. Having established contact with similar groups, the Association of Lions Clubs was founded in the United States in the same year. It became international in 1920 with the foundation of the first similar Canadian club.

In the one hundred years since its foundation, as a result of the goodwill work carried out and the related noble idea, the Lions movement today is active in 206 countries with 46,000 clubs and with approximately 1.4 million members, hence is the world’s largest goodwill organisation organized as a club. Lions’ motto is ‘We serve’.

Issue Date: 03.04.2017 Designer: György Kara  Process: Offset – three spot colours Colours: 3 Colours Size: Stamps: 40 x 30 mm, Miniature Sheet: 100 x 190 mm

World Aquatics Championship in Budapest-Balatonfüred, 2017

17th World Aquatics Championship to be held in Budapest and Balatonfüred .hungary aquatics stamp World championships in aquatics have been organised under the auspices of the International Swimming Federation (Fédération Internationale de Natation FINA) since 1973. In the first championship, champions were awarded in Belgrade in four categories – swimming, synchronized swimming, diving and men’s water polo. 43 years after the first championship, the 17th world aquatics championship will be hosted by Budapest and Balatonfüred. This is not only the most important sporting event of the year in Hungary, but – following a steady development in recent decades – the championship has become a world sporting event which, after the Olympic Games, generates the greatest interest.

Issue Date: 05.04.2017 Designer: Graphasel and Tibor Tatai  Process: 4-colour offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 40 x 30 mm Values: 435 HUF

Zoltan Kodaly Memorial Year

hungary zoltan stampZoltán Kodály (1882-1967) is an outstanding artist with international reputation, a triple Kossuth Prize winning Hungarian composer, musicologist, music educator, ethnomusicologist, member and president of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the creator of the Kodály method and one of the most important representatives of the twentieth century Hungarian music. Zoltán Kodály is one of those internationally acknowledged outstanding Hungarians who, in 2017, is paid tribute to by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as well. His work not only contributed to the development of the domestic musical and educational life, but also contributed to the mutual enrichment of cultures and supported the promotion of international understanding, deepening closer relations between the peoples.

In 1904, he received a composer degree at the National Hungarian Royal Academy of Music, in 1905, a Hungarian-German teacher’s diploma at the Péter Pázmány University and in 1906, he was awarded a doctorate for his thesis entitled “The Hungarian Folk Song Verse Structure”. In 1905, he launched his folk music collection series of great significance, which later on he continued together with Bartók, and in 1907, he became a teacher at the College of Music. His first composer evening was organised in Budapest in March 1910, and in 1923, he composed Psalmus Hungaricus, which had been commissioned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of unification of Pest, Buda and Óbuda. With this, Kodály in no time became Hungary’s leading composer, and in the forthcoming years, he accepted a great number of international invitations as a conductor. His works became known in many countries, and even Arturo Toscanini, perhaps the greatest conductor of those times, conducted several of Kodály’s pieces in New York.

From among his orchestral works, Marosszéki táncok (Marosszék Dances) (1930) and Fölszállott a páva (The Peacock) (1939) stand out; the two most important stage works are Háry János (1926) and Székelyfonó (1932). A characteristic feature of his music is saturated with the Hungarian national traditions and folk music.

His ingenious versatility went beyond composing and collecting folk music: he drew attention to the relationship of music, sound, hearing and the spoken language. His educational concept – the music teaching concept called the Kodály method, which UNESCO declared part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016 – today forms the basis of the Hungarian musical education and plays an important role in vocational education as well.

The stamp has been produced in a miniature sheet format containing four identical stamps; the stamp shows a portrait of Zoltán Kodály, the edge of the sheet shows a peacock bird sitting on a roof referring to his well-known orchestral work entitled The Peacock, while the first-day envelope reveals a detail of a handwritten music sheet of this piece.

Issue Date: 03.04.2017 Designer: András Szunyoghy, Jr. Process: Offset – two spot colours Colours: 2 Colours Size: Stamps: 26 x 33mm, Miniature Sheet: 105 x 90mm

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