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Metamorphosis in MusicThe Compositions of György Ligeti in the 1950s and 1960s$
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Benjamin R. Levy

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199381999

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199381999.001.0001

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Synthesis of Technique (1962–67)

Synthesis of Technique (1962–67)

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(p.163) Chapter 5 Synthesis of Technique (1962–67)
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Metamorphosis in Music
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Benjamin R. Levy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199381999.003.0006

Ligeti’s first major commissio brought him some security, and with it the chance to focus on codifying the compositional techniques he had developed during the previous years. The sketches for the Requiem—especially the Kyrie and Dies irae movements—show explicit forms of rulemaking that differ from those associated with Boulez, Stockhausen, and others using the integral serial approach. Ligeti’s approach to rhythm is further refined in Lux aeterna and Lontano, and the Cello Concerto represents the synthesis of the static and wild textures developed so meticulously in the previous works. The Cello Concerto also reuses types of musical material created in Aventures, referencing specific episodes from the earlier work in an instrumental setting.

Keywords:   Requiem, Lux aeterna, Lontano, Cello Concerto, Pierre Boulez, Serialism

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