R.I.P. Ligeti

Today, Monday June 12th 2006, Gyorgy Ligeti passed away.

When I first began composing seriously in college I was unable to find reconcile my love for stastical patterns, experimental extremes, and musical wit with the complex post-tonal shards we have left. I first found this reconcilation in Ligeti and have never thought about composition the same since.

At the last McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble concert one of Ligeti’s former students, Denys Bouliane, conducted the premiere of my work Time Fixtures and Ligeti’s late masterpiece, The Hamburg Concerto. After the concert I talked with Denys about his personal recollections of Ligeti and felt that I had travelled some strange circle.

I’ll post my favorite Ligeti works later this week. It’s going to be hard to decide what to post since he wrote so many masterpieces.

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