György Ligeti: music of the imagination

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Northeastern University Press, Mar 20, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 429 pages
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One of the world's best known living composers, Gyoergy Sandor Ligeti is widely acknowledged as the most influential and admired creative figure of the late twentieth century. His brilliantly conceived and challenging pieces, searingly intense at times and full of humor and irony at others, include the orchestral Apparitions and Atmospheres, piano etudes, the opera Le Grand Macabre, and the unaccompanied choral work Lux aeterna, which Stanly Kubrick actually pirated for the film soundtrack of 2001: A Space Odyssey. In this book, Richard Steinitz fuses biographical, stylistic, and technical analysis to examine thoroughly the evolution of Ligeti's innovative music. Drawing extensively on his own private conversations with the composer as well as on many published and recorded interviews, Steinitz places Ligeti's extraordinary body of work within the context of his complex personal life.

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Absolutely fascinating biography. Still in the process of reading it but can't avoid thinking it's worth a movie exacerbating the playful, experimental and necessarily schizophrenic character ... Read full review

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Contents

The Making of the Man
3
An East European Apprenticeship
37
Catching Up
72
Copyright

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Richard Steinitz is a composer and Professor of Music at the University of Huddersfield. He is the founder and former Artistic Director of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. He lives in England.

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