György Ligeti: music of the imagination
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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Apparitions Atmospheres avant-garde Aventures and Nouvelles Bartok bass Boulez Budapest canon Cello Concerto Chamber Concerto choral chords chorus chromatic chromatic scale Clocks and Clouds cluster Cologne completed composer composition counterpoint Darmstadt Elgar Howarth ensemble Festival flat Fluxus four Grand Macabre Gyorgy Ligeti Hamburg Concerto harmonic Horn Trio Hungarian Hungary ideas instruments lamento motif later Ligeti in Conversation Ligeti's music Lontano Lux aeterna Melodien melody metronomes micropolyphonic micropolyphony microtonal Musica ricercata Nancarrow Nekrotzar notes Nouvelles aventures octaves opera orchestra ostinato Passacaglia patterns perfect fifths performance phrases Piano Concerto piano Etudes piece Pierre-Laurent Aimard pitch pitch classes played player polymetric Polyphony premiere quavers Radio recording rehearsal Requiem rhythm rhythmic Romanian Salonen San Francisco Polyphony score second movement semiquavers semitones sequence serial solo soloists Sonata soprano sound Stockhausen String Quartet structure technique texture theatre third timbral tonal twelve-note Vienna Violin Concerto Weores whilst Wind Quintet