György Ligeti: Atmosphères

  • for orchestra
  • 4 4 4 4 - 6 4 4 1 - pno(2 perc. players), str(7 7 5 5 4)
  • Duration: 9’
  • Instrumentation details:
    4 flutes (+4 picc)
    4 oboes
    4 clarinets in Bb (4th +cl(Eb))
    3 bassoons
    contrabassoon
    6 horns in F
    4 trumpets in C
    4 trombones
    tuba
    piano (2 percussion players)
    violin I (1st desk)
    violin I (2nd desk)
    violin I (3rd desk)
    violin I (4th desk)
    violin I (5th desk)
    violin I (6th desk)
    violin I (7th desk)
    violin II (1st desk)
    violin II (2nd desk)
    violin II (3rd desk)
    violin II (4th desk)
    violin II (5th desk)
    violin II (6th desk)
    violin II (7th desk)
    viola (1st desk)
    viola (2nd desk)
    viola (3rd desk)
    viola (4th desk)
    viola (5th desk)
    violoncello (1st desk)
    violoncello (2nd desk)
    violoncello (3rd desk)
    violoncello (4th desk)
    violoncello (5th desk)
    contrabass (1st desk)
    contrabass (2nd desk)
    contrabass (3rd desk)
    contrabass (4th desk)
  • Composer: György Ligeti
  • Table of contents:
    Atmosphères
  • Dedication: In memoriam Mátyás Seiber
  • Commission: Kompositionsauftrag des Südwestfunks, Baden-Baden, 1961
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György Ligeti: Atmosphères for orchestra | UE11418

  • Edition type: study score
  • Edition info: Suitable for study purposes only.
  • Format: 29.7 × 42.0 cm
  • ISBN: 978-3-7024-1691-1
  • ISMN: 979-0-008-02380-4
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"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)

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  • Atmosphères

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