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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II, 6 and Example 20 demonstrates the motion and structure of the chords.

Études (Ligeti)

The chords become harmonically more complex as the piece unfolds ex. Piano Concerto, IV 4, An Introduction to the early works of Gyorgy Ligeti.

Harmonic elements drawn from jazz music are also applied in this etude. Essentially to me this piece is an amazing virtuosic feat and very interesting to listen to. Etudes pour Piano vol. Toop states ,igeti this name is in reference to a sculpture by Constanin Brancusi, whose work greatly interested Ligeti.

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A transition occurs, during which the sixteenth note movement ceases and gives its place to quarter notes and long syncopated rhythms. Etudes pour piano vol.

According to Richard Toop, the titles are made up and linked to the pieces after they are composed. Repeated notes, triplets, sixteenth notes, chromatic scales, chords and highly irregular rhythmic patterns occur. As is pointed out, this ostinato gives the piece a very distinct colour, and it is played throughout the piece with only octave transpositions.


The Hungarian Rebellion of was another major political event that had an impact on Ligeti. Concerto for Piano and Orchestra.

Toop mentions that a year and a half after he started composing the concerto, Ligeti had written three movements, premiered in Austria in Griffiths, Gyorgy Ligeti, In this etude, Ligeti starts exaggerating more in the dynamics.

The rhythmic groupings are shown in example 18a. The beginning motif reappears in its original form and opposing chromatic scales in the two hands lead to the conclusion.

Edition Francaise de Musique Classique: Gradually, more chromatic layers are added, making the harmonies even more complex ex. The various influences to which ligeit has been exposed through the years are evident in his compositions.

Schott,1 and He wrote two volumes of etudes, the first containing six fanfarrs and the second containing eight. The sixteenth notes appear once again, this time in the form of repeated arpeggios in the right hand, while the left hand continues in the same way as in the transitional section ex. There are strong accents and syncopations between the chords ex. At the end of the movement, the initial mysterious atmosphere reoccurs.


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The writing becomes a little denser and Ligeti again applies parallel fifths and fourths mainly in the piano part, but also in orchestral parts ex. There is no rhythmic notation and the two hands bear different key signatures. One hand keeps the motion going while the other hand introduces a melodic motif, imitated first by the flute and then by the strings ex. The pianist is required to perform the chords almost as clusters, in order to get the maximum sound effect ex.

The rhythmic flow goes uninterrupted to the end of the piece. For the first time, pppppppp appears, followed by ffffff see ex. After the end of the theme, chromatic motion is resumed in the left hand, which is directed to the lowest registers of the keyboard ex.

According to Warnaby, they both have a very sparse texture, which becomes denser as the piece progresses, as mentioned above