György Ligeti. String Quartet No. 1 (“Métamorphoses nocturnes”). Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. facebook · twitter · tumblr. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Metamorphoses Nocturnes on Discogs. The status of György Ligeti’s String Quartet no. 1 “Métamorphoses nocturnes” changed considerably since its composition in Such a.

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But instead of playing the composer’s famous string quartet, his first in C minor, the Borromeo presented his second in A minor, a less emotionally contained work that many groups shy away from.

Nocturnss would seem that nearly all the canon’s most important music is in their grasp. The tempo of the first movement was mature, not too fast, but propulsive; its forceful assertions of spirit gave the group a powerhouse energy. By that time Ligeti had already left mehamorphoses Soviet-controlled Hungary for the West and had been introduced to music that had only barely penetrated the Eastern bloc; including the music of Stockhausen and Boulezthe advent of serialism, and the electronic music studios.

Variation of rhythm provides the piece with much of its sense of progression, with somewhat amorphous passages giving way to the quick irregular meters of a dance form; there are also other stylistic parodies of folk music. The pizzicato third movement is another of Ligeti’s machine-like studies, hard and mechanical, whereby the parts playing repeated notes llgeti a “granulated” continuum.

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String Quartets and Duets. Streams Videos All Posts. Ligeti moved away from dense atonality in the s, inspired by the work of minimalists Steve Reich and Terry Riley to write San Francisco Polyphony for orchestra and Three Pieces for Two Pianos Retrieved 17 November Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. To begin the performance, first violinist Nicholas Kitchen spoke about the piece, briefly demonstrating its motifs, explaining its terse counterpoint, and illustrating how even at this early stage Ligeti was fascinated with sequences of numbers.


Such polished performances do carry one inherent risk though: The opening movement explains the relationship between two notes; the rest of the piece plows through the following integers, past the octave eighttaking up tonal or rhythmic themes based on succeeding numbers. Novturnes five movements differ widely from each other in their types of motion.

Sexy Trippy All Moods. They began their latest presentation of the music of Johannes Brahms and his contemporary followers with Ligeti’s early masterpiece, and their gutsy performance reminded listeners why he is a pulsing, humane composer — the furthest thing possible from a detached avant-gardist.

The result is an explosive harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic statement about the maturation of Western music. This monolithic summit of the string quartet repertoire, lasting close to 50 minutes on this occasion, remains for ever challenging for its performers and audience alike and is best enjoyed with npcturnes concentration.

While not all arrangements worked well, expertise and emotion made for a pleasurably unique performance. By Adam Baer, www. In the first, the structure is largely broken up, as in Aventures.

If they do not, their presence seems to be ligefi. A Hungarian born in who remained politically censored untilwhen he defected to Germany, Ligeti first was seen as a folk-music descendant of Bart?

His only opera or anti-anti-opera, as he dubbed itthe striking Le Grand Macabrerev. In the fourth, which is fast and threatening, everything that happened before is crammed together.

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High harmonic glissandi near the end of the work may presage the distinctive sound of Apparitions and the later pieces for which Liheti came to be known.

Performing Gyorgy Ligeti’s metamorphosss music today is tricky business. This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat Ligeti ‘s Musica ricercata for piano; their offspring, the Six Bagatelles for wind quintet; and the String Quartet No. How to add your events to Bachtrack. The piece would be dedicated to the Arditti Quartetentirely microtonal, inspired by the hyperchromaticism of Gesualdoand inspired by melodic ideas from BurmaUgandaZimbabweJavaBaliand Cameroon. In the second, everything ligetj reduced to very slow motion, and the music seems to be coming from a distance, with great lyricism.


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In time, however, the celebrated iconoclast would become the father of electronic music and transparent micropolyphony — the sort of music that drives most string quartets mad. He fled to Austria inmetakorphoses behind most of his portfolio and dedicating himself to the twelve-tone system whose study and practice had been banned in the Eastern Bloc.

It was during this period that Ligeti wrote his Cello Sonatathe piano cycle Musica ricercataand the First String Quartet, pushing the envelope in terms of Communist-allowed harmonic language and therefore consigning all of them to the bottom drawer, not to be performed until years later. Ten works from the 20th century that shaped contemporary classical music.

He settled in Cologne, where he heard the groundbreaking electronic textures of Karlheinz Stockhausen which partially inspired the slowly evolving pitch clusters that Ligeti began to call micropolyphony.

Ligeti: String Quartet “Metamorphoses nocturnes”

Yet from the illuminating perspective of listening to it 60 years later, this composition sounds perfectly approachable in its musical language and almost classically clear in its structure. Lastly, in strong contrast, the fifth movement spreads itself out. A second theme is angular, staccato, and aggressive. The concert’s second half introduced a more familiar iconoclast, Brahms.

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