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György Ligeti. String Quartet No. 1 (“Métamorphoses nocturnes”). Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. facebook · twitter · tumblr. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Metamorphoses Nocturnes on Discogs. The status of György Ligeti’s String Quartet no. 1 “Métamorphoses nocturnes” changed considerably since its composition in Such a.

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AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Music of the Imagination. The result is an explosive harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic statement about the maturation of Western music. To add a comment, please Login or register. A Hungarian born in who remained politically censored untilwhen he defected to Germany, Ligeti first was seen as a folk-music descendant of Bart?

Here was an assured modernist with enough confidence to show his vulnerabilities. To see them perform is wonderful enough; the chance to take them home makes it even better.

Indeed, to plan, prepare and present such a nocturmes assumes exceptional physical and mental groundwork and commendable artistic valour.

Although the String Quartet No. No crowd-pleasers here; audience members with a disinterest towards intellectual challenges need not turn up.

In the fourth, which is fast and threatening, everything that happened before is crammed together. A tipsy waltz made of pitchbending slides followed. By Adam Baer, www. Such polished performances do carry one inherent risk though: Click here for conditions of use. And a long, somewhat shaky violin trill held over groaning bass chords sold the group’s overriding conception: Views Read Edit View history.

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String Quartet No. 1 (“Métamorphoses nocturnes”)

The quartet’s lower half played raucously in this section,but stayed together, and the upper half’s climbing scales in dissonant intervals made my neckhairs stand. The basic concept, which is always present in the intervals but which is in a state of constant transformation, consists of two major seconds that succeed each other transposed by a semitone.


In their zeal to correctly render something “modern,” they deny it humor, love, and anger. It was an appropriate if somewhat uninspired decision to provide one single image for the last item of the concert, the String Quartet in A minor, Op. This group’s intimate Tenri concerts have become one of New York’s best kept musical secrets.

Kitchen contributed the work’s opening statement: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. StanhopeString Quartet no. Ligeti ‘s Musica ricercata for piano; their offspring, the Six Bagatelles for wind quintet; and the String Quartet No.

In the first, the structure is largely broken up, as in Aventures. Jazz Latin New Age. To follow were fierce counterpoint, nervy syncopated stabs, and serrated lacerations of the musical texture. Allegro nervoso Sostenuto, molto calmo Come un meccanismo di precisione Presto furioso, brutale, tumultuoso Allegro con delicatezza. Closer attention to these two apparently disparate sections, however, reveals similarities in their melodic contours, which are based on the relatively simple chromaticism of the metamorphses motif.

Fortunately, I may not have to take that chance. The third movement’s minute was Nutcracker-playful: They began their latest presentation of the music of Johannes Brahms and his contemporary followers with Ligeti’s early masterpiece, and their gutsy performance reminded listeners why he is a pulsing, humane composer — the furthest thing possible from a detached avant-gardist.

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The piece opens with a stepwise melody G-A-G sharp-A sharp accompanied by chromatic scales. Program Note The first word of the sub-title Metamorphoses nocturnes refers to the form. This type of alliance usually works better in theatre than in a concert of classical music. If the unexpected recitative introducing the last movement is performed in an accomplished way, but does not explode with rapturous vigour, if the apotheosis of the same movement — that famous and feverish unison, written by the composer ingeniously and utterly uncomfortably in the highest registers of the first violin and the cello — is controlled rather than screaming with unapologetic passion, the promise of the cathartic experience may ultimately remain unfulfilled.


For an ensemble of this calibre, livewire energy and raw emotions have the potential to make the wild changes of character, the bewildering accents and the harrowingly beautiful chorale in the Heiliger Dankgesang the extensive central movement of the work really effective — yet this was not always evident in ligefi performance. The five movements differ widely from each other in their types of motion.

The concert’s second half introduced a more familiar iconoclast, Brahms. Metamorphosex page was last metamoorphoses on 27 Decemberat The quartet was projected to have a pizzicato movement, uneven tremolo, and the harmony would also be very chromatic, but also spectral and with complex polyrhythms. The last, deliberately insistent movement, was highlighted by a scorching viola solo that will be hard metamorphosrs forget.

Ligeti was sent to a labor camp in but was released a year later, avoiding the fate of most of his family in Metamorphosed.

mftamorphoses Retrieved 17 November Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. The ability to maintain a childlike wonder for the marvels of repertoire that has already been performed many times is one of the hardest challenges a professional quartet has to overcome. Performing Gyorgy Ligeti’s string music today is tricky business.

This monolithic summit of the string quartet repertoire, lasting close to 50 minutes on this occasion, remains for ever challenging for its performers and audience alike and is best enjoyed with undisrupted concentration. Inhe was awarded with a Doctor of Philosophy degree PhD.