György Ligeti is dead

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Published on: 14 June 2006

I don’t like to carry bad news. Two days ago the composer György Ligeti (age 83) is dead in Vienna.
IMHO his most important and innovatives works are the compositions of sixties, starting with Apparitions (1959) to the Double Concerto for Oboe and Flauto 1972), through works like the Requiem, the Cello Concert, Lux Aeterna, Lontano, Ramifications, the Chamber Concerto, Melodien.
In this works Ligeti completely abandons the traditional melody, harmony and rhythm to create a musical flow made by clusters, chords and sound masses that seem to be still but live by an inner micropolyphony. A sound texture on which rhythm, harmony and micro melodies are melted to create an ever changing timbre, using traditional instruments to create sounds that resembles electronic textures.
Other Ligeti’s works are important in the music history, but the emotions that I feel when I first listened this music in the ’70 (I was about 20) are the things that I really like to remember.

György Ligeti on Wikipedia

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