György Kurtág: 4 Capriccios

György Kurtág 4 Capriccios
4 Capriccios

György Kurtág: 4 Capriccios

Opus:
op. 9
Year of composition:
1970-1971/1997
Scored for:
for soprano and chamber orchestra
Composer:
György Kurtág
Text author:
István Bálint
Soloists:
soprano
Instrumentation:
1 1 1 1 - 1 0 0 0 - Cimb, hp, pno, perc, str
Instrumentation details:
flute (+picc.)
oboe
clarinet in A
horn in F
bassoon
cimbal
harp
pno (+cel.)
perc
1. violin
2. violin
viola
violoncello
contrabass
Table of contents:
La Dame à la Licorne
Tour Saint Jacques
Nyelvlecke
Ars poetica
Duration:
11’
Dedication:
András Mihály gewidmet
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Work introduction

Composed in 1970, 4 Capriccios is a setting of poems by István Bálint. The first one bears the title Paris I – Musée de Cluny: La Dame à la Licorne. It is of course a reference to the Renaissance gobelin in the Cluny Museum showing Queen Mary of England with the mythological unicorn. The gobelin only serves as a point of departure for a chain of free associations unrelated by any logic but linked with hidden ties inherent in the succession of words. The second capriccio is entitled Paris II – Tour Saint Jacques. The structure of the poem is similar to that of the previous one and its inspiration also comes from a visual experience in Paris. The third movement Language Lesson and the fourth one Ars poetica start out from well-known notions but arrive at ideas in blaring contrast with the accepted meaning of those notions.

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