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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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Ligeti ‘s ear for unusual timbral possibilities is already at work in this early piece. The performance began with creepy chromatic ascents before Mr. 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.

He fled to Austria inleaving behind most of his portfolio and dedicating himself to the twelve-tone system whose study and practice had been banned in the Eastern Bloc. It was during this period that Ligeti wrote mdtamorphoses Cello Sonatathe piano cycle Musica ricercataand the First String Quartet, pushing the envelope in terms of Communist-allowed harmonic language and therefore consigning all of them to the bottom drawer, not to be performed until years later.

The concert’s second half introduced a more familiar iconoclast, Brahms. He settled in Cologne, where he heard the groundbreaking electronic textures of Karlheinz Stockhausen which partially inspired the slowly evolving pitch clusters that Ligeti began to call micropolyphony.

Although the String Quartet No. Although his studies progressed quickly, the early s were not a good time to be a young Jewish man in Central Europe.

String Quartet No. 1 (“Métamorphoses nocturnes”)

These two movements were written for the graduation exam at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapestwith a stylistic uncertainty.

The work is written in one continuous movement, which can be divided into seventeen contrasting sections: It is not tonal music, but it is not radically atonal, either. Genre Chamber Music Classical.


The result is an explosive harmonic, rhythmic, and melodic statement metamorphises the maturation of Western music. Its first half consisted of two works written in post-World War II times, followed by one of the late Beethoven quartets after interval. The last, deliberately insistent movement, was highlighted by a scorching viola solo that will be hard to forget.

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To see them perform is wonderful enough; the chance to take them home makes it even better. The tempo of the first movement was mature, not too fast, but propulsive; its forceful assertions of spirit gave the group a powerhouse energy.

Kitchen played with lustrous ardor before segueing into a gritty tremolo-ridden interlude of unforeseen cambers. Insketches and notes for his projected String Quartets Nos. I have now heard the ensemble play beautifully honed, freeing performances of late Beethoven, Bart?

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. 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.

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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.

Music of the Imagination. This concentration was evident on stage and resulted in technically excellent playing by the four members of the quartet. This type of alliance usually works better in theatre than in a concert of classical music. As the three movements of this well-crafted composition directly reflect the harsh beauty of the Kimberley region in Western Australia, the accompanying photos of that scenery created a visual connection with the music.


A second theme is angular, staccato, and aggressive. The opening movement explains the relationship between two notes; the rest of the piece plows through the following integers, past the octave eighttaking up tonal or rhythmic themes based on succeeding numbers. The first word of the sub-title Metamorphoses nocturnes refers to the form.

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Lastly, in strong contrast, the fifth movement spreads itself out. A tipsy waltz made of pitchbending slides followed. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Views Read Edit View history. How to add your events to Nocturjes.

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 opening motif. If they do not, their presence seems to be superfluous.

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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 noctyrnes each other transposed by a semitone. The pizzicato third movement is another of Ligeti’s machine-like studies, hard and mechanical, whereby the parts playing repeated notes creates a “granulated” continuum.

Jazz Latin New Age. On stage, there was a uniquely shaped screen behind the players onto which various images were projected, the result of a collaboration with video artist Sean Bacon.

Beethoven’s Mass in C in Sydney. No crowd-pleasers mteamorphoses audience members with a disinterest towards intellectual challenges need not turn up. Archived from the original PDF on 17 November It’s nearly impossible to play Ligeti’s early works without considering his ultimate destination: