György Ligeti: Of Foreign Lands and Strange Sounds

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Louise Duchesneau, Wolfgang Marx
Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2011 - Music - 298 pages
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Shortlisted for the RPS Music Award 2012 for Creative Communication. György Ligeti: Of Foreign Lands and Strange Sounds offers a new assessment of a composer whose constant exploration of new sound worlds - based on the musics of different cultures and ages - contributed in crucial ways to making him one of the most important musical voices of the last 50 years. The book combines texts by former students, colleagues and friends, who reflect on different and so far unknown aspects of Ligeti's persona, with new musicological interpretations of his style and several of his main works. Among the contributors are some of the most eminent Ligeti scholars, including Richard Steinitz and Paul Griffiths. Louise Duchesneau, Ligeti's assistant of over 20 years, acts not only as contributor but also as co-editor of the volume. Many of the musicological chapters are based on studies of Ligeti's sketches, which are now housed by the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basle and were made available for research only recently. Two close collaborators representing disciplines which deeply interested Ligeti - Heinz-Otto Peitgen (a mathematician who introduced Ligeti to fractal geometry, which influenced many if his works since 1985) and Simha Arom (an ethnomusicologist who acquainted Ligeti with the complex rhythmic patters of the music of Sub-saharan Africa) - also reflect on the composer for the very first time in writing. The combination of new insights into Ligeti by people who knew him with new analytical approaches will make this a core publication not only for Ligeti scholars, but also for readers interested in music of the second half of the twentieth century and in Hungarian culture. WOLFGANG MARX is Lecturer in Music, University College Dublin. LOUISE DUCHESNEAU was Ligeti's assistant for 20 years Contributors: SIMHA AROM, JONATHAN W. BERNARD, CIARÁN CRILLY, LOUISE DUCHESNEAU, BENJAMIN DWYER, TIBORC FAZEKAS, PAUL GRIFFITHS, ILDIKÓ MÁNDI-FAZEKAS, WOLFGANG MARX, HEINZ-OTTO PEITGEN, FRIEDEMANN SALLIS, WOLFGANG-ANDREAS SCHULTZ, MANFRED STAHNKE, RICHARD STEINITZ
 

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Contents

Sándor Veress and his Student György Ligeti
1
2 Transformational Ostinati in György Ligetis Sonatas for Solo Cello and Solo Viola
19
3 Magicians of Sound Seeking Ligetis Inspiration in the Poetry of Sándor Weöres
53
4 Make Room for the Grand Macabre The Concept of Death in György Ligetis OEuvre
71
5 Continuum Chaos and Metronomes A Fractal Friendship
87
Ligeti and African Music
107
György Ligeti and Recorded Music
125
Lessons from Ligetis Compositional Sketches
149
10 Craft and Aesthetics The Teacher György Ligeti
215
11 The Hamburg Composition Class
223
Ligetis Music and the Films of Stanley Kubrick
245
Ligetis Orchestras
257
BIBLIOGRAPHY
279
INDEX
288
Backcover
299
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9 À qui un hommage? Genesis of the Piano Concerto and the Horn Trio
169

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