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György Ligeti

Biography

1923 – Born 28 May in Dicsöszentmárton (now called Tîrnaveni), Transylvania (Romania).

1941
– Graduate from secondary school in Klausenburg (Transylvania).

1941–1943
– Study of composition with Ferenc Farkas at the Klausenburg Conservatory.

1942–1943
– Studies with Pál Kadosa in Budapest.

1945–1949
– Studies with Sándor Veress, Pál Járdányi, Ferenc Farkas and Lajos Bárdos at the Budapest Academy of Music.

1945–1946
Idegen földön.

1946
Magány.

1949–1950
Ballade und Tanz.

1950–1956
– Lecturer at the Budapest Academy of Music.

1951–1953
Musica Ricercata for piano.

1953
Pápaine; Omaggio a Frescobaldi; Ricercar for organ; Sechs Bagatellen.

1953–1954Streichquartett Nr. 1; Métamorphoses nocturnes.

1956 –
Flees to Austria after the uprising in Hungary.

1957–1958
– Free–lance work at the studio for electronic music of the West German Radio in Cologne.

1957
Glissandi–electronic composition.

1958
Artikulation–electronic composition .

1958–1959
Apparitions for orchestra (world premiere 1960 IGNM–festival Cologne).

1959–1969
– Residence in Vienna.

1959–1972
– Lecturer at the Darmstadt Music Courses.

1961–1971
– Visiting professor at the Stockholm Music Academy.

1961
– Composition course in Madrid; Atmosphères; Fragment for chamber orchestra.

1961–1962
Volumina for organ.

1962
– Composition course at the Gaudeamus Foundation in Bilthoven (Netherlands); Poème symphonique for 100 metronome; Aventures.

1962–1965
Nouvelles Aventures.

1963
– Composition course in Bilthoven and at the Folkwangschule in Essen (Germany).

1963–1965
Requiem.

1964
– Composition course at the Folkwangschule in Essen (Germany) and in Jyväskylä (Finland); Member of the Swedish Academy of Music, Stockholm.

1965
– Composition course in Jyväskylä.

1966
Lux aeterna; Konzert for violoncello and orchestra.

1967
– Ligeti becomes an Austrian citizen. Lontano for orchestra; 1. Etüde.

1968
Continuum for cembalo; Streichquartett Nr. 2; Zehn Stücke für Bläserquintett.

1968–1969
Ramifications.

1969
– Member of the Akademie der Künste, Berlin. 2. Etüde for organ coulée.

1969–1973
– Residence in Berlin and Vienna.

1969–1970
– Scholarship of the German Academic Exchange Organization (DAAD), Berlin. Kammerkonzert.

1971
– Member of the Freie Akademie der Künste, Hamburg.

1972
– Composer in residence at Stanford University, California. Doppelkonzert for flute, oboe und orchestra.

1972–1973
Clocks and Clouds.

1973–1989
– Professor at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst Hamburg.

Since 1973
– Residence in Hamburg and Vienna.

1973
– Composition course at the Berkshire Music Center in Tanglewood (Massachusetts).

1973–1974 –
 San Francisco Polyphony for orchestra.

1974
– Composition course at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.

1974–1977
Le grand Macabre (world premiere Stockholm 1978).

1976
Rondeau; Monument–Selbstportrait–Bewegung 3 pieces for 2 pianos.

1978
– Member of the Bayerische Akademie der Schönen Künste, Munich. Hungarian Rock for cembalo; Passacaglia ungherese for cembalo.

1979
– Composition course in Aix–en–Provence.

1982
Trio for violin, horn and piano; Drei Phantasien nach Friedrich Hölderlin; Magyar Etüdök (Hungarian Etudes).

1984
– Honorary member of the American Academy and Institue of Arts and Letters.

1985
Etudes pour piano Premier livre 1–6.

1988
Konzert for piano and orchestra; Nonsens Madrigals.

1989
Etudes pour piano Deuxième livre 7–8.

1990
– Member of the Austrian Art Senate (Österreichischer Kunstsenat). Etudes pour piano Deuxième livre 9.

1991
Loop for viola solo.

1992
– Member of the Hungarian Academy for Literature and Art (Széchenyi Iroldami és Mûvészsti Akadémia). Mysteries of the Macabre Collage for orchestra; Konzert for violin and orchestra.

1993
– Full Member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts (Academia Scientiarum et Artium Europaea).

1994
– Member of the Club of Budapest.

1996
Pièces Electronique No. 3.

1998–1999
Hamburgisches Konzert for horn solo and chamber orchestra.

2000
Síppal, dobbal, nádihegedüvel/Mit Pfeifen, Trommeln, Schilfgeigen/
With Pipes, Drums, Fiddles.


2006
– György Ligeti dies in Vienna on 12 June 2006.