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I believe Kodaly developed the system for teaching music to deaf children.

Richard Davies

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> Subject: Close Encounters and Kodaly
> Date: 02 March 1999 21:45
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> During a recent viewing of this Spielberg speilfest, I noticed a
> scene involving a conference speech, given by Truffaut's character,
> in which he demonstrates the symbolic gestural equivalents
> relating to each note of the famous five-note musical sequence of
> the aliens' greeting message. This system of gestural symbols is
> said to derive from a pedagogical method for teaching musical
> notation authored by the (Czech?) composer Zoltan Kodaly. What I
> missed in this expositional scene, was, why was Kodaly's system
> especially relevant to communication with the aliens?
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