Gyorgy Ligeti: Passacaglia Ungherese by Ken Thomson, released 07 September Ligeti – Passacaglia Uploaded by .. Ligeti – Le Grand Macabre – Uploaded LIGETI – Analyse Continuum Sheet Music – £ – Gyorgy Ligeti – Passacaglia Ungherese (for harpsichord).

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Gyorgy Ligeti – Passacaglia Ungherese (for harpsichord)

Share on facebook twitter tumblr. These motives pile up on each other resulting in wild harmonic clashes.

This article focuses on the “Hungarianness” of the two pieces, a feature that is ostentatiously emphasized by their titles, analyzing which features can be regarded as Hungarian, how these are related to other, culturally more distant, references, and what role passacagoia are playing within the pieces.


Jazz Latin New Age. The theme in this case is a slowly walking theme of rising and falling contours, which is rather monotonous in itself. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. Musica Ricercata; Etudes Book1. As I point out, both pieces contain a number of “mistuned” Hungarian folk song imitations.

Passacaglia Ungherese (for harpsichord)

AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. But Ligeti’s melodies do not so much imitate specific folk songs as abstract melodic types. In both works, elements of Hungarian folk music are mixed with distant musical styles and idioms the passacaglix and passacaglia tradition, elements of jazz and rock, Balkan and Caribbean rhythms.

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Magyar ZeneVol. Introspection Late Night Partying. Moreover, they are alienated by the systematic transposition of some of their notes and phrases, while their characteristic melodic and rhythmic features, as well as their strophic structure are retained.


Streams Videos All Posts. View it in the Music Periodicals Database. The variations on it take the form of short, overlapping motives, including one with a clearly folk-inspired “Hungarian snap” an accented first short note on the beat followed by a longer note, it is common also in Scots folk music.

A passacaglia is a set of variations written upon a theme called the “ground” which is constantly repeated. At times it seems as though the harpsichord’s resonant, clangorous characteristic is being pssacaglia to create piles of natural overtones of the sounding strings while notes which are alien to the hanging cloud of notes are sounded, creating a sour effect.

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