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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Another recently acclaimed performance was that by Austria’s Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra performing in England, a performance described as “a focused reading” in which the conductor “Nott duly coerced a delicacy from each section of the orchestra—particularly the centrifugal strings—that gave a wonderful smoothness to the performance”.

This was the first work Ligeti began after his time in the electronic music studio, and, as a composition of sounds and of layers of sounds, the score transfers to the orchestral plane an electronic manner of working. Music of the Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde: I love whatever is constructed. The second big cluster of the piece is reshaped by dynamic changes, which bring forward particular timbres at first that of the strings or harmonic colors: An expatriate, Kubrick was….

Thank You for Your Contribution! Following the opening static note chord, Ligeti introduces a second massive cluster of notes at 1: Larry Sitsky has written that in Ligeti’s music “the density of the successive structures is such that the conventional parameters through which musical form melody, rhythm, harmony is traditionally perceived appear to have been evacuated. Return to top of page.

I have read the data protection statement and agree to its validity. The piece opens with a “fully chromatic cluster covering more than five octavesheld by strings and soft woodwinds “, out of which various groups of instruments drop out successively, followed by various “strands of sonic fabric” reenter the composition, first white notes then black notes along with shifts in timbre and duration of notes which drive the piece forward.


The music flows like lava, buzzes like a swarm of bees, or glimmers like a multitude of tiny Aeolian harps. This dense sound-fog became known as the signature Ligeti style”. 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. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login.

It is noted for eschewing conventional melody and metre in favor of ligetl sound textures. 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….


Any text you add should be original, not copied from other sources. Large portions of the piece consist of extremely dense counterpointwith up to 56 voices each string instrument has his or her own individual part to play.

The piece features “shimmering rapid vibratomultiple high glissandiwaves atmospherws string harmonics in different meters[and] notes moving along the same path but at different speeds”. After Apparitionsit was the second piece Ligeti wrote to exploit what he called a ” micropolyphonic ” texture. To paraphrase the composer himself, the micropolyphonic textures tend to hang like a mighty oriental tapestry, suspended outside time.

Ligeti’s homepage also gives the instrumentation. Some idea of how revolutionary his work was may be gained atmopsheres a glance at the study score: Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Indiana Ligetti Press, 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.

Get Email Updates Sign up for e-mails about special offers, upcoming concerts, new recordings and more. Consequently, these evolving sound structures seem stationary, as if detached from the passage of time. Gigantic clusters of chords hover in a stasis that negates familiar signposts of harmony and pulse.


The listening guide is a nice touch as well. June 1, by ASO. Greenwood Publishing Group, Ligeti, the great-nephew of…. Whilst the pitch played by each instrument remains the same for the following minute liigeti 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: 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 atjospheres of atmosphwres morphing musical textures.

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The Definitive Guide to Popular Music 4th ed. Elsewhere in the work, and more usually, Ligeti achieves the sense of one uninterrupted sound mass by having his textures overlap with no atmospherfs divisions—entries are often to be imperceptible and extinctions gradual—or else by having one texture emerge out of another.

I really love the apparent harmonic progression at 1: Retrieved from ” https: In this work, subtle shifts of tone colour are the continuing focus, producing an ever-varying tapestry of sound. All Music Guide to Classical Music: Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Views Read Edit View history.

György Ligeti, Atmosphères — American Symphony Orchestra

But the piece reached its widest audience inwhen American filmmaker Stanley Kubrick used it in the sound track of By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

This page was last edited on 24 Marchat Contact our editors with your feedback. 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”.