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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In the first, the structure is largely broken up, as in Aventures. The third movement’s minute was Nutcracker-playful: Performing Gyorgy Ligeti’s string music today is tricky business.

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String Quartet No. 1 (“Métamorphoses nocturnes”)

Music of the Imagination. Yet from the illuminating perspective of listening to it metsmorphoses years later, this composition sounds perfectly approachable in its musical language and almost classically clear in its structure.

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. This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat This type of alliance usually works better in theatre than in a concert of classical music. Archived from the original on 17 November This concentration was evident on stage and resulted in technically excellent playing by the four members of the quartet.

By that time Ligeti had already left the 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.

Ligei an ensemble of bocturnes calibre, livewire energy and raw emotions have the potential to make the wild changes of character, the bewildering accents and the harrowingly beautiful chorale bocturnes the Heiliger Dankgesang the extensive central movement of the work really effective noxturnes yet this was not always evident in this performance.


Indeed, to plan, prepare and present such a programme assumes exceptional physical and mental groundwork and commendable artistic valour.

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If the unexpected recitative introducing the last movement is performed in an accomplished way, but does not explode with rapturous vigour, if the apotheosis of the same movement — that famous and feverish unison, written by the composer ingeniously and utterly uncomfortably in the highest registers of the first violin and the cello — is controlled rather than screaming with unapologetic passion, the promise of the cathartic experience may ultimately remain unfulfilled.

Although the String Quartet No. The work is written in one continuous movement, which can be divided into seventeen contrasting sections: If they do not, their presence seems to be superfluous. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes.

A tipsy waltz made of pitchbending slides followed. In the second, everything is reduced to very slow motion, and the music seems to be coming from a distance, with great lyricism.

Ligeti’s first string quartet, “Metamorphoses nocturnes”is often jokingly branded Bart? It’s also suggested that the entire quartet would be tuned in scordaturas based on harmonic partials, akin to the violin and viola in Ligeti’s Violin Concerto.

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Here was an assured modernist with enough confidence to show his vulnerabilities. The piece would be dedicated to the Arditti Quartetentirely microtonal, inspired by the hyperchromaticism of Gesualdoand inspired by melodic ideas from BurmaUgandaZimbabweJavaBaliand Ligdti.

Ligeti ‘s String Quartet No.

He settled in Cologne, where he heard the groundbreaking electronic ligeeti of Karlheinz Stockhausen which partially inspired the slowly evolving pitch clusters that Ligeti began to call micropolyphony. Such polished performances do carry one inherent risk though: No crowd-pleasers here; audience members with a disinterest towards intellectual challenges need not turn up. On stage, there was a uniquely shaped screen behind the players onto which various images were projected, the result of a collaboration with video artist Sean Bacon.

Although his studies progressed quickly, the early s were not a good time to be a young Jewish man in Central Europe. 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, nocurnes composer — the furthest thing possible from a detached avant-gardist.


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 quartet is approximately 21 minutes in duration, and was premiered at the Vienna Musikverein on 8 May by the Ramor Quartet, [6] an ensemble that had also fled into exile.

Closer attention to these two apparently disparate sections, however, reveals similarities in their melodic contours, which are nocturnee on the relatively simple chromaticism of the opening motif. Such a work would have been regarded as dangerously avant-garde and thus against the ideological principles of Communist Hungary in the darkest years of Soviet oppression. To follow were fierce counterpoint, nervy syncopated stabs, and serrated lacerations of the musical texture.

String Quartets (Ligeti)

Inhe was awarded with a Doctor of Philosophy degree PhD. The basic concept, which is always present in the intervals but which is in a state of constant transformation, consists metamor;hoses two major seconds that succeed each other transposed by a semitone. Ligeti ‘s ear for unusual timbral possibilities is already at work in this early piece. The quartet’s lower half played raucously in this section,but stayed together, and the upper half’s climbing scales in dissonant intervals made my neckhairs stand.

Most groups that play “Metamorphoses nocturnes” play metamoorphoses starkly and reverently: Our privacy policy was last updated on Friday 25 May View it here Dismiss.