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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Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Inhe was awarded with a Doctor of Philosophy degree PhD. Currently, he is teaching music history and musicology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Program Note The first word of the sub-title Metamorphoses nocturnes refers to the form.

It is not tonal music, but it is not radically atonal, either. 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.

StanhopeString Quartet no. The piece opens with a stepwise melody G-A-G sharp-A sharp accompanied by chromatic scales. As the three movements of this well-crafted composition directly reflect the harsh beauty of the Kimberley region in Western Australia, the accompanying photos of that scenery created a visual connection with the music.

The tempo of the first movement was mature, not too fast, but propulsive; its forceful assertions of spirit gave the group a powerhouse energy. The first word of the sub-title Metamorphoses nocturnes refers to the form. A second theme is angular, staccato, and aggressive. Ten works from the 20th century that shaped contemporary classical music. Ligeti ‘s ear for unusual timbral possibilities is already at work in this early piece. Here was an assured modernist with enough confidence to show his vulnerabilities.

AllMusic Featured Composition Noteworthy. This type of alliance usually works better in theatre than in a concert of classical music. Click here for conditions of use. It would seem that nearly all the canon’s most important music is in their grasp. Quite independently from the suitability and artistic merit of such images, they present a problem: Brahms was aggressive in his string writing, and the Borromeo’s take on it was spirited and uncompromisingly vocal.


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.

The result is an explosive harmonic, rhythmic, and emtamorphoses statement about the maturation of Western music.

Ligeti moved away from dense atonality in the s, inspired by the work of minimalists Steve Reich and Terry Riley to write San Francisco Polyphony for orchestra and Three Pieces for Two Pianos A Hungarian born in who remained politically censored untilwhen he defected to Germany, Ligeti first was seen as a folk-music descendant of Bart?

Retrieved from ” https: 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.

Lastly, in strong contrast, the fifth movement spreads itself out. Retrieved 17 November Introspection Late Night Partying. Ligsti ability to maintain a childlike wonder for the marvels of repertoire that has already been performed many times is one of the hardest challenges a professional quartet has to overcome. The opening movement explains the relationship between two notes; the rest of the piece plows through the following integers, past the octave eighttaking up tonal or rhythmic jocturnes based on succeeding numbers.

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To begin the performance, first violinist Nicholas Kitchen spoke about the piece, briefly demonstrating its motifs, explaining its terse counterpoint, and illustrating how even at this early stage Ligeti was fascinated with sequences of numbers.


Its first half consisted of two works written in post-World War II times, followed by one of the late Beethoven quartets after interval. High harmonic glissandi near the end of the work may presage the distinctive meta,orphoses of Apparitions and the later pieces for which Ligeti came to be known.

The last, deliberately insistent movement, was highlighted by a scorching viola solo that will be hard to forget. They began their latest presentation of the music of Johannes Brahms and his contemporary ilgeti with Ligeti’s early masterpiece, and their gutsy performance reminded listeners why he is a pulsing, humane composer — the furthest thing possible from a detached avant-gardist.

No crowd-pleasers metamorpphoses audience members with a disinterest towards intellectual challenges need not turn up. Although his studies progressed quickly, the early s were not a good time to be a young Jewish man in Central Europe. The piece would be dedicated to the Arditti Quartetentirely microtonal, inspired by the hyperchromaticism of Gesualdoand inspired by melodic ideas from BurmaUgandaMetanorphosesJavaBaliand Cameroon.

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By that time Ligeti had already left the Soviet-controlled Hungary for the West and had been introduced to music that noctkrnes only barely penetrated the Eastern bloc; including the music of Stockhausen and Boulezthe advent of serialism, and the electronic music studios. This monolithic summit of the string quartet repertoire, lasting close to 50 minutes on this occasion, remains for ever challenging for its performers and audience alike and is best enjoyed ,igeti undisrupted concentration.

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