György Ligeti: Atmosphères

György Ligeti: Atmosphères for orchestra | UE11418

This is the study score edition of György Ligeti's second piece for orchestra "Atmosphères", composed in 1961.

Instrument:
for orchestra
Edition type:
study score
Composer:
Ligeti György
Theme:
Contemporary Music
Edition info:
Nur für Studienzwecke geeignet.
  • UE11418
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1691-1
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-02380-4
  • 29.7 × 42 cm
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Contents – Atmosphères for orchestra

  • Atmosphères

Description

"Atmosphères" famously overturns all traditional categories of Western classical music. There is absolutely no discernible melody, harmony is reduced to the drifting of saturated chromatic clusters, and pulse - or any sense of normal rhythmical articulation - is entirely absent. All habitual structural sign-posts are also missing as is any relationship to standard forms, despite the ghost of a recapitulation towards the work's end. Instead the listener is confronted with a slow-motion succession of textures, one oozing into the other, where the instrumental sonority seems to have more in common with the dissolves and hums of electronic music than that of a normal symphony orchestra. Tiny traces of influence can just be discerned - perhaps Debussy, a little Richard Strauss, certainly Bartok - though Ligeti's vision is of startling, indeed radical, originality. (George Benjamin)

Additional information

Instrument:
for orchestra
Edition type:
study score
Composer:
Ligeti György
Theme:
Contemporary Music
Edition info:
Nur für Studienzwecke geeignet.

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