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eBook Gyorgy Ligeti (20th Century Composers) epub
  • ISBN: 0714837954
  • Author: Richard Toop
  • Genre: Photography
  • Subcategory: Music
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; First Edition edition (October 7, 1999)
  • Pages: 238 pages
  • ePUB size: 1396 kb
  • FB2 size 1556 kb
  • Formats doc mobi lit rtf


Richard Toop's GYORGY LIGETI provides a long-awaited biography of the composer in English, balancing well descriptions of his life and his works.

Anton Von Webern (20th Century Composers). Richard Toop's GYORGY LIGETI provides a long-awaited biography of the composer in English, balancing well descriptions of his life and his works. I found that Toop's book did not disappoint, and even deepened my appreciation of some of the composer's oeuvre, which I guess is what one hopes for from a musical biography.

Richard Toop's GYORGY LIGETI provides a long-awaited biography of the composer in English, balancing well descriptions of his life . Ligeti is one of the most creative composers of the late 20th century, and one of the wittiest.

Richard Toop's GYORGY LIGETI provides a long-awaited biography of the composer in English, balancing well descriptions of his life and his works. Like Beckett, his work is somehow simultaneously bleak and hilarious. Toop has written a great introduction.

Gyorgy Ligeti (20th Century Composers). This biography discusses Gyorgy Ligeti's work within the context of the political and cultural history of post-war Europe and places him at the forefront of musical change and innovation during this period. About the Author: Richard Toop is a Reader and Head of Musicology at the Sydney Conservatorium. It goes as far as the premier of the "Hamburg Concerto" and the 2000 set of Weores songs, and as Ligeti has composed little to nothing in the meantime, the book is still entirely up to date.

Gyorgy Ligeti (20th-Century Composers). 0714837954 (ISBN13: 9780714837956).

A composer who refused to play by the rules – and whose work has infiltrated popular consciousness –Ligeti's music is both richer . That creative journey encompasses some of the richest music of the 20th century, and reveals an imaginative world of dizzying variety and expressive power.

A composer who refused to play by the rules – and whose work has infiltrated popular consciousness –Ligeti's music is both richer and darker than what Stanley Kubrick heard in i. It's no surprise that of the entire post-war generation who were at the forefront of the avant garde in the 1950s and 60s, it's Ligeti who is played the most.

20th-century classical music describes art music that was written nominally from 1901 to 2000, inclusive. Musical style diverged during the 20th century as it never had previously. Consequently, this century was without a dominant style

20th-century classical music describes art music that was written nominally from 1901 to 2000, inclusive. Consequently, this century was without a dominant style.

György Ligeti- one of the most significant composers of the twentieth .

György Ligeti- one of the most significant composers of the twentieth century. Some Ligeti coming up in Amsterdam next week, in anticipation of the Ligeti festival later in April. Philharmonie;Tue 20 Feb at 20:00 (Berlin time zone); Symphony Concert 7; Debussy, Bartók, Wagner, Ligeti, Ravel;Gürzenich Orchestra; Nicholas Collon; Nils Mönkemeyer.

20th Century, Contemporary. György Ligeti (1923-2006) was one of the most innovative, versatile, and influential composers of the second half of the 20th century. May 28, 1923 in Discöszentmáton, Transylvania.

The Hungarian Gyorgy Ligeti (b. 1923) is one of the most respected of all living composers. At the head of the avant garde from the early 1960s, he has remained at the forefront of musical change and innovation. During this time he has resisted being too closely identified with any single school or movement. His music initially caused a sensation with its dense textural waves of sound, which he calls micropolyphony; but in fact it has drawn on a diverse range of artistic sources: from the folk music of his native Hungary to the electronic music of Stockhausen, from the Fluxus 'anti-art' movement of the 1960s to African and South American World music. The scandalized reception of works such as the Poeme symphonique for 100 metronomes earned the composer an unwanted notoriety, while the use of his music in Stanley Kubrick's films 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining has ensured that his music has reached a wider audience.Richard Toop's narrative traces the composer's life beginning with his survival as a Jew during World War II, his flight to West Germany during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and his subsequent work in the Cologne electronic studios.
Comments: (4)
Pipet
This book is a good read and done in a very professional way.

You won't regret at all.
Inabel
Gyorg Ligeti is perhaps the most interesting, and chameleonlike member of the European avant-garde. Not bounded by ideology, Ligeti's music has morphed through nationalism, colorism, avant-garde 60s dadism, minimalism and post modernism without ever loosing it's essential identity. Ligeti is a composer who knows who to control his style, not let his style control him. And his life is as compelling reading as any composer in recent history.
Toop based his book on extensive interviews with Ligeti himself. As Toop admitted, the composer was fairly open about his early years and the chapters on life under first National Socialism and then Communism are harrowing...really compelling reading. WWII is widely believed to have had a fairly strong effect on the post war serialists, but none more than Ligeti, both as a jew and then as an avant-garde composer in communist Hungary. This horrific early life can be heard reflected in the composer's works particularly in the Requiem...and in his distrust of ideology, whether political of musical.
The Toop book is a good introduction to the life of Ligeti the man and a decent descriptive survey of his music, but to me it falls behind on two points...one is not the fault of the author but the other I believe is. The author states in his introduction that Ligeti essentially clammed up in interviews about the composer's later life. Toop didn't pry, so the vivid portrait that we get of Ligeti's early years...up till about the 60s, drys up later in the book. Except for a few tantalizing hints of a personal life, you see nothing of Ligeti the person. This would bother me less if it weren't for the other larger flaw. The author is quite descriptive in his writings about Ligeti's music, but not really meaty. The musical portions of the book read like program notes, not real analysis. In fact, there is not a single musical example in the book. I don't think this is a problem for the general reader. If you just want to know more about Ligeti and a quick introduction to his complete works, this book is fine, in fact, it is probably perfect. But for the serious student who wants to understand Ligeti's style, this is a bit of a disappointment.
All in all, this is a good book as a layman's introduction to the composer. It is better than all current competition. But there is a new Ligeti book in the works which looks more scholarly. I will eager await that one as a supplement to this.
DarK-LiGht
Richard Toop's GYORGY LIGETI provides a long-awaited biography of the composer in English, balancing well descriptions of his life and his works. I found that Toop's book did not disappoint, and even deepened my appreciation of some of the composer's oeuvre, which I guess is what one hopes for from a musical biography.

The book covers from the composer's birth to 1998. His early years are covered in some depth, and the difficult and horrowing years of World War II and the Nazi persecution explain the composer's distrust of systems and ideologies. Toop does not, however, give much information on what Ligeti was up to before his flight from Hungary. Ligeti has mentioned that he was composing music of fascinating light and dark, but Toop doesn't cover this.

The immediately following period, Ligeti's days in Germany with Stockhausen working on electronic music, is covered in great detail. Toop describes not only what Ligeti was up to, but gives a vibrant picture of the rivalries and disputes between avant-garde composers in the 1950's. The portion about Ligeti's "second period", his compositions since the Horn Trio of the early 1980's, does seem a bit rushed. I would have preferred a much deeper analysis of the Piano Etudes, which are increasingly seeming his masterpiece.

I am grateful to Toop because his book helped me understand how Ligeti's works of the 1970's, such as "Clocks and Clouds", fit into the larger perspective of his oeuvre, highlighting their relation to the minimalist composers and to Ligeti's time at Stanford. The book also changed my impression entirely about the player piano arrangements. I had previously thought these inconsequential gimmicks, but Toop describes how Ligeti considers some of these to be the definitive version, able to be played at speeds which human players cannot acheive.

Since Ligeti has not composed much since the book was published, with the importance exception of the Horn Concerto, this biography does not seem very behind-the-times. It is worth getting even now. I would certainly recommend Toop's book to any fan of this greatest of contemporary composers.
Ffel
"...he distrusts all systems and ideologies." So says Toop of Ligeti, and at this point it seems that Ligeti is likely to be seen retrospectively as the greatest composer of the so-called "Darmstadt Circle" that included Boulez, Stockhausen, Xenakis, Nono and others.

This is an excellent book on Ligeti's music -- don't expect much on his personal life, and you won't be disappointed, although there is some on his days in Hungary and early days in Germany following the October 1956 revolution, and Ligeti's flight with girlfriend and baby boy from Budapest to Vienna.

Ligeti's participation in the revolutionary fervor of the avant-garde of the late Forties and early Fifties, his breakthrough to micropolyphony of the late Fifties and Sixties ("Apparitions," "Atmospheres," "Lux Aeterna," "Aventures," and other compositions, several made famous by their use on the film "2001"), and his later turn to a postmodern incorporation of classical elements as well as non-Western musics, are all covered thoroughly by Toop.

Ligeti is one of the most creative composers of the late Twentieth Century, and one of the wittiest. Like Beckett, his work is somehow simultaneously bleak and hilarious. Toop has written a great introduction.

The graphic design is excellent, and the thick art-quality pages facilitate loads of great photos.

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