Curious György: The Beginning

Q2 Kicks Off its Grand Macabre Celebration of György Ligeti

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Curious György is a two-week exploration of the sounds and life of György Ligeti, as we brace ourselves for the upcoming New York Philharmonic production of his sole opera, Le Grand Macabre. Every weekday from 12 to 1, we turn to a recent conversation with NY Phil Music Director Alan Gilbert as we explore a different aspect of the Hungarian composer's music and its context.

During the first week, we listen to Hungarian music, Ligeti's use of humor, and his relationship with popular musics from over the world (Monday to Wednesday, respectively). On Thursday and Friday we look into some of the revoultionary musical techniques he devised and into his (and other composers' before him) use of the idea of the étude.

As we sample sections from Le Grand Macabre, we'll hear the exclusive insights recorded by Q2 with Maestro Alan Gilbert who takes the helm of the NY Phil for this exciting New York premiere beginning May 27. During the week, we also have song cycles with chamber ensemble accompaniment by Crumb, Schoenberg, and others, a focus on the double bass, and, as always, some favorites from Feldman and Messiaen.

Hosted by:

Sebastián Zubieta

Comments [3]

Kalman Rubinson from NYC

Please, Sebastian, rehearse what you are reading before going live. I know there was something interesting in the statements relating Ockeghem to Ligeti but it was hard to understand.


May. 20 2010 01:49 PM
Vic from !

EYES WIDE SHUT & the music of György Ligeti ~>

The first time I saw this film by Stanley Kubrick, I didn't know what to make of it -
(shallow main characters, & "great tits" ~> then what?)
In fact, I walked out after about 2/3 of the way through the film. At the time, I thought that's what Mr. Kubrick, deep down, was really trying to provoke. And it was the coldness and rudeness of the music, in the end, that repulsed me.
Sometime later, I heard a critique of, EYES WIDE SHUT, and I recall how the review made special mention of the music by György Ligeti.
This music was composed reflecting on the "Darkness" of daily life during the STALIN era in the Soviet bloc...
Listening, again, to this music, I can only imagine, at the time, what must have been going through Ligeti's mind...

Wake Up! GET OUT of this Place

May. 19 2010 12:16 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane from Lake Hiawatha, NJ

Gyorgy Ligeti likefellow Hungarians Bela Bartok and Franz Liszt has the drive to explore orchestral colors and sonorities and to thus bring excitement, novelty and humor into music-making. I am looking forward to hearing "Le Grand Macabre" on May 27th with Maestro Alan Gilbert conducting the New York Philharmonic. How fortunate we are to savor these treats as part of our cornucopia of delights we call New York.

May. 17 2010 06:39 PM

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