Gyorgy Ligeti, Toros Can (piano) – György Ligeti: Etudes – Music. 1 GYORGY LIGETI Etudes for piano Piano Concerto An analysis Marilina Tzelepi 2 Gyorgy Ligeti is a very versatile composer. He lived and composed. This piece is a seriously impressive technical feat. Études by their nature tend to be very technical and highly virtuosic but this piece in.

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Piano Concerto, II, Until that time, Ligeti had only composed short piano pieces such as bagatelles, capriccios, an invention and some etudes for organ After a while, quarter notes give their place to eighth notes, creating a slightly more flowing pace that leads to the oigeti of the etude.

The rhythmic pulse becomes more complex with the combination of the piano part and the percussion part. Instead, quarter notes and longer values are ligrti.

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More specifically, the composer was drawn to the music and rhythms of South America, Africa and the Caribbean mainly after his encounter with the Puerto Rican composer Roberto Sierra. This etude brings to mind the Ligrti study on chromatic scales ex.

Syncopated chords and sixteenth notes also appear in various combinations. The orchestration in general is fairly sparse, with the exception of the percussion section, which seems to be somewhat antagonistic of the piano score ex. Robson Books; London, The Lisztian influence is further reinforced by the final measures, where a descending passage dominated by chromatic octaves occurs — frequently encountered in Liszt compositions. The two hands are rhythmically and technically identical in the beginning of the piece, but then by adding a note at a time in one or the other hand, Ligeti breaks this evenness and creates the illusion that the left hand remains behind ex.

As in the previous movements, motivic imitations occur among the different instruments, creating a harmonic mayhem. Interestingly enough, the Ligeti and Liszt etudes have the same number no.


Svard, Ligeti Etudes pour Piano, You are commenting using your Twitter account. It features a violent rhythmic pulse maintained by eighth notes.

The Hungarian Rebellion of was another major political event that had an impact on Ligeti. Skip to main content.

Ligeti: Etudes pour piano

The next etude is different. Shortly after the beginning of the etude, more voices are added gradually.

However, it seems that the piano played an important role in his ligetu career, which is fanffares especially through the sets of piano etudes and the piano concerto he composed. Edition Francaise de Musique Classique: Ligeti Etudes pour piano, The rhythmic groupings are shown in example 18a. They both have this feeling of continuous motion, the first etude in eighth notes and this one in sixteenth notes. It seems that a motif is introduced by a group of instruments and then immediately mimicked by another group of instruments or by the piano.

We hope that over time the blog will provide useful hints and ideas about the creative processes of composition. There is no rhythmic notation and the two hands bear different key signatures. Email required Address never ,igeti public.

In the middle of the composition, the familiar chromatic pattern of Etude No. The piece begins with a descending chromatic scale in the right hand, that is joined by a similar chromatic scale on the left hand shortly after and there is a continuous ascending and descending chromatic motion throughout the etude ex. Although their approaches are different, they all shared the same goal: Ligeti discusses at length the political situation in Griffiths, Gyorgy Ligeti, and in Toop. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here The dynamics of the piece overstep the boundaries of the extreme — dynamics such as ffffffff appear more than once.

Example 27a shows the piano theme that is introduced in the beginning of the fifth movement, and example 27b shows a similar theme presented later on in the movement. The eight etudes of the second book are considered to be even more difficult and complex than those found in the first book.


He lived and composed during decades that were crucial for the formation of various new tendencies in music. A lower voice consisting of syncopations appears, to be followed by the introduction of a theme in the higher voice ex. Example 20 demonstrates the motion and structure of the chords. The five decades that preceded the s are marked by a great deal of music efforts by groups of young composers. Ligeti was introduced to music at an early age, mainly through frequent concert attendances.

In the last measure of the etude, Ligeti uses a term much loved by Liszt: Eulenburg Books, It was during the same decade that he wrote some of his most important compositions for the piano — the two volumes of Etudes pour le piano.

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The title is in German, as opposed to the French titles of most of the Etudes. The theme appears between the sixteenth notes and is reinforced with strong accents.

Towards the end of the etude, the composer makes the harmonies even denser, by applying chords instead fanfarres octaves. Sixteenth notes replace the eighth notes for a short while and then the eighth notes reappear ex.