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György Ligeti : of foreign lands and strange sounds

Author: Louise Duchesneau; Wolfgang Marx
Publisher: Woodbridge, Suffolk ; Rochester, NY : Boydell Press, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: György Ligeti; György Ligeti
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louise Duchesneau; Wolfgang Marx
ISBN: 9781843835509 1843835509
OCLC Number: 704381368
Description: xx, 298 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color), facsimiles, music ; 25 cm
Contents: Foreword / Vincent Meyer --
'We play with the music and the music plays with us': Sándor Veress and his student György Ligeti / Friedemann Sallis --
Transformational ostinati in György Ligeti's sonatas for solo cello and solo viola / Benjamin Dwyer --
Magicians of sound : seeking Ligeti's inspiration in the poetry of Sándor Weöres / Ildikó Mándi-Fazekas, Tiborc Fazekas --
'Make room fro the grand macabre!' : the concept of death in György Ligeti's Œuvre / Wolfgang Marx --
Continuum, chaos and metronomes : a fractal friendship / Heinz-Otto Peitgen --
A kinship foreseen : Ligeti and African music / Simha Arom, in conversation --
'Play it like Bill Evans' : György Ligeti and recorded music / Louise Duchesneau --
Rules and regulation : lessons from Ligeti's compositional sketches / Jonathan W. Bernard --
À qui un hommage? Genesis of the piano concerto and the horn trio / Richard Steinitz --
Craft and aesthetics : the teacher György Ligeti / Wolfgang-Andreas Schultz --
The Hamburg composition class / Manfred Stahnke --
The bigger picture : Ligeti's music and the films of Stanley Kubrick / Ciarán Crilly --
Invented homelands : Ligeti's orchestras / Paul Griffiths.
Responsibility: edited by Louise Duchesneau and Wolfgang Marx.

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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  Read more...

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