The pre-eminent classical piano music to have emerged over the last half century , Ligeti’s Etudes have received numerous recordings – both in part and as a. In Ligeti’s own description of the Piano Etudes, he says, they are “Etudes in a compositional and pianistic sense”1 that “behave like growing organisms.”2 Upon. “Désordre” (), the first etude in the first book of piano etudes by György Ligeti . (–). After explaining how Gestalt principles can be applied to the.

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Although Chopin, Debussy, African idioms, Nancarrow and jazz are compositional influences in Ligeti’s Piano Etudes, these pieces are altogether unique. The sixteenth-note motion resembles that of etude No. According to Warnaby, they both have a very sparse etues, which becomes denser as the piece progresses, as mentioned above The period beginning in the s brought about a period of musical experimentations for Ligeti.

Studies in composition and pianism. After the end of the theme, chromatic motion is resumed in the left hand, which is directed to the lowest registers of kigeti keyboard ex. It features a violent rhythmic pulse maintained by eighth notes. My personal question is whether or not Ligeti would have written such extremities had he been able to perform them.

The motif consists of eight ascending notes, rhythmically arranged inwith accents on the first note of each rhythmic figuration ex. JavaScript is disabled for your browser.

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This results in a mixture of sounds that can only be characterized as haunting. The Hungarian Rebellion of was another major political event that had an impact on Ligeti. Skip to main content. His etudes are a synthesis of the various musical, rhythmical and compositional ideas to which he has been exposed throughout his compositional career, as I will discuss.


The dynamic range of this etude is more limited than others, although still quite wide — we only see p to fff. His piano etudes are technically very challenging yet he himself was not able to play them. The beginning motif reappears in its original form and opposing chromatic scales in the two hands lead to the conclusion.

Robson Books; London, There are very sudden differences in nuances — subito p and f and the etude ends quietly in pppp.

Ligeti: Etudes pour piano

Toop also refers to this fact This is strongly reminiscent of both Schumann and Debussy, who applied a similar method in naming many of their piano compositions The orchestration of the concerto contains an extensive amount and variety of percussion instruments, apart from the regular strings, brass and woodwinds. Ricordi, Until that time, Ligeti had only composed short piano pieces such as bagatelles, capriccios, an invention and some etudes for organ Syncopated chords and sixteenth ligetti also appear in various combinations.

Ligeti was introduced to music at an early age, mainly through frequent concert attendances. Author Tsong, Mayron Kacy. Robson Books, In the first part of the etude, the two hands play eighth-note ascending and descending arpeggios, based upon this idea ex. Help Center Find new research papers in: As stated earlier, Ligeti was enraptured piwno piano etudes of various composers from an pianoo age. A different piano work by Ligeti that shares compositional characteristics with the etudes is his Piano Concerto.

The sound effect reminds the listener of a swarm of bees. During the s he was also introduced to electronic studio music7. Ligeti, according to Toop, considers the fourth movement as the core of the composition, being as lengthy and as difficult as the first movement Lois Svard observes that the gaps between the chromatic scales seem to increase from one eighth to two, then three and so on, making the etude become more and more spacious Ligeti over-exaggerates the dynamics, not taking into consideration that the piano as an instrument can only produce certain levels of soft and loud sound.


Click here to sign up. Shortly after the beginning of the etude, more voices are added gradually. The next etude is different.

The chords become harmonically more complex eyudes the piece unfolds ex. They both have this feeling of continuous motion, the first etude in eighth notes and this one in sixteenth notes. Griffiths, Gyorgy Ligeti, Ligeti discusses at length the political situation in Griffiths, Gyorgy Ligeti, and in Toop.

etjdes In his Piano Etudes, Ligeti has uniquely assimilated this environment and the result is music that breathes and communicates on a personal level. Thanks to our partners and sponsors: However, in this etude a sostenuto pedal is applied for several measures at a time ex. Gyorgy Ligeti started taking piano lessons at a relatively late age — fourteen years old. Ligeti, Etueds No2, mm. Toop mentions that a year and a half after he started composing the concerto, Ligeti had written three movements, premiered in Austria in Parallel fifths appear again in the piano score.