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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Ligeti Piano Etudes, Bks 1 and 2 |

The piano takes part in this interaction ex. The various influences to which he has been exposed through the years are evident in his compositions.

Author Tsong, Mayron Kacy. He lived and composed during decades that were crucial for the formation of various new tendencies in music. Preludes pour piano New York: Piano Concerto, IV In this respect, they are like the Etudes of Chopin and Oigeti.

It demands not only the greatest possible hand control but also an infallible sense of tone colour as well as extraordinary powers of perception. Syncopated chords and sixteenth notes also pino in various combinations. Log In Sign Up. Toop also refers to this fact The sixteenth-note motion resembles that of etude No. Click here to sign up.

Overall, this work is very extreme, both technically and acoustically. His piano etudes are technically very challenging yet he himself was not able to play them. During his studies at the Budapest Academyhis compositions had evident traces of Bartok, as well as of Stravinsky — another composer much admired by Ligeti5.


Toop comments on the fact that the instruments are pushed to their low or high extremes An important addition to the orchestration of this movement is the use of ocarina and side-whistle which, according to Toop, are used for intonation purposes Then, the perpetual motion stops and a quite different middle section begins.

Études (Ligeti) – Wikipedia

Studies in composition and pianism. Although he was in awe of the piano virtuosos, he himself never reached that level of etudds — his technique was at a medium level. Until that time, Ligeti had only composed short piano pieces such as bagatelles, capriccios, an invention and some etudes for organ Lois Svard makes an interesting note: However, he is very successful in maintaining his own personal compositional style.

In his Piano Etudes, Ligeti has uniquely assimilated this environment and the result is music that breathes and communicates on a personal level. Alfred Brendel, quoted in Toop. Eighth notes are replaced by sixteenth notes, which are, in turn, replaced by thirty-second notes as the piece unfolds. The tempo is very flexible, with various markings such as rallentando, poano, accelerando and more. Toop states that this name is in reference to a sculpture by Constanin Brancusi, whose work greatly interested Ligeti.

The right hand chromatic chords move towards the high register of the piano, while the theme emerges even more clearly in the left hand ex. The right hand moves in the white keys while the left hand in the black keys and they alternate.


In his first book of etudes, the differences are less extreme and less extensive than in the late volume. In general, his etudes are at a high level of difficulty, technical and rhythmical — they include complex rhythms and demanding technical passages.

Listening to etudss piece, one can only say that the title could not be more suitable. The orchestration of the concerto contains an extensive amount and variety of percussion instruments, apart from the regular strings, brass and woodwinds.

Pierre-Laurent Aimard opens a world of imagination in Ligeti’s piano music

Ligeti wished to go a step further in the composition of pieces that fall into popular categories, such as the etude and the piano concerto. Their directness of communication, innovative rhythmic texture, and virtuosic pianism place them among the most attractive and important works of contemporary piano literature.

Ligeti Etudes pour piano, Ligeti was born in in a small Transylvanian town. As one might expect, his etudes are quite ligegi than those of Chopin, Liszt and the rest of the great etude composers of the past few centuries