This radical new musical language was in part facilitated by Ligeti’s recently developed technique of micropolyphony. For much of Atmosphères. GYÖRGY LIGETI – Atmosphères – Volumina · Lux aeterna – Etüde · Etude No. 1» Harmonies«- Lontano · Ramifications – Melodien for Orchestra – Gerd Zacher. Gyorgy Ligeti was born in Transylvania in His family originated in Hungary. I discovered his music after purchasing the soundtrack for Stanley Kubrick’s.

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Thank you for your feedback. August 13, at 6: First published in New Hungarian Quarterly. The Beatles, British musical quartet and a global cynosure for the hopes and dreams of a generation that….

Rather the listener hears an all but motionless series of sound evolutions unfolding at various moments”. Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed.

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Retrieved 18 November In later experiments, the sound-producing groups are further set off…. He also valued contrapuntal writing for its probity, for its traditional aura, and for its own sake: Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article. Although applied to various ensembles found in Western and non-Western music, orchestra in an unqualified sense usually refers to the typical Western music ensemble of bowed stringed instruments complemented by wind and percussion instruments that, in the string section at least, has….

Ligeti, the great-nephew of…. This dense sound-fog became known as the signature Ligeti style”.

György Ligeti, Atmosphères — American Symphony Orchestra

This site uses cookies. Learn More in these related Britannica articles: To paraphrase the composer himself, the micropolyphonic textures tend to hang like a mighty oriental tapestry, suspended outside time. This music is at once both tactile and vague, seductive and esoteric: I really love the apparent harmonic progression at 1: I have read the data protection statement and agree to its validity.


The piece evokes a sense of timelessness in which the listener is lost in a web of texture and tonality. The Definitive Guide to Popular Music 4th ed.

The popular music edition All Music Guide describes the piece as having clusters of notes from which sections fall out, leaving “masses of natural notes”. Whilst the pitch played by each instrument remains the same for the following minute of music, there is an illusion of harmonic progression as various instrumental groups rise and fall in volume; listen in particular for the striking clarity of the harmony in the brass at 2: Get Email Updates Sign up for e-mails about special offers, upcoming concerts, new recordings and more.

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György Ligeti: Atmosphères

A Space OdysseyAmerican science-fiction film, released inthat set the benchmark for all subsequent movies in the genre and consistently ranks among the top 10 movies ever made, especially known for its groundbreaking special effects and unconventional narrative. Lontano for Large Orchestra”.

Rhino Records Compact Disc, “. It is noted for eschewing conventional melody and metre in favor of dense sound textures. Publishers Group West, Click here to subscribe. In the process he recast the orchestra — seen by many in the post-war avant-garde as an irrelevant, archaic institution — as a site of endless potential for contemporary sonic exploration, assembling huge static clouds of steadily morphing musical textures.

Clint Eastwood, American motion-picture actor who emerged as one of the most popular Hollywood stars…. Sign up for our newsletter! Kubrick got the otherworldly, gravity-free aural effect he wanted, and Ligeti gained another hearing and a new audience for his work.


Please try again later. There is absolutely no discernible melody, harmony is reduced to the drifting of saturated chromatic clusters, and pulse — or any sense of normal rhythmical articulation — is entirely absent.

Approaches to Meaning in Music. Paul Griffiths writes that this performance made Ligeti a “talking point”. Also important to continuity is the lack of percussion instruments, except for a piano whose strings are brushed at the end. Oxford University Press, Keep Exploring Britannica Clint Eastwood. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Gigantic clusters of chords hover in a stasis that negates familiar signposts of harmony and pulse.

Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. Retrieved December 20, A Space Odysseysuch as a performance by the Nashville Symphony which performed it along with the full-length version of Richard Strauss’ Thus Spake Zarathustra.

Hardly audible as a canon, by virtue of its general pppp dynamic level as well as its density, the passage achieves the global effect of a cluster being gradually compressed from three-and-a-half octaves to the space of a minor third. Instead of presenting these seminal modernist works as separate items, Jurowski segued seamlessly from the nothingness of the Ligeti’s close into the opening bassoon solo of the Stravinsky.

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