ON THIS DAY | Composer György Ligeti Was Born in 1923

A composer who refused to play by the rules, his major contributions to the string repertoire include two string quartets, violin and cello Concertos, and solo sonatas for viola and cello

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Gyorgy Ligeti

Hungarian-Austrian contemporary composer György Ligeti was born on this day in 1923.

Some of his most unique compositions include Poème Symphonique (1962), a work for one hundred mechanical metronomes, and Volumina (1961-62, revised 1966), a piece for solo organ which features diagrams and clusters of notes without conventional music notation.

The music of the acclaimed film "2001: A Space Odyssey" drew inspiration from Ligeti's works.

He passed away in 2006, aged 83.

 

CHRISTIAN TETZLAFF | LIGETI VIOLIN CONCERTO | FRANCOIS-XAVIER ROTH & GURZENICH ORCHESTRA COLGNE | 2017