The Philharmonia's "Clocks and Clouds" may indeed be an "ambitious international Ligeti project But the two London programmes of Part II's first instalment two further programmes follow next May each places a couple of mainly short pieces by its featured composer into contexts devised, on the face of it, more for immediate appeal than for relevance. The Ligeti by Ligeti festival on the South Bank, in which the Philharmonia also took part sponsored, as now, by Vincent Meyer, who launched the present project , offered a more intensive, and truly ambitious, survey. The connection with Sony Classical's laudable "Gyorgy Ligeti Edition" also suggests that the concerts themselves aren't really the main point of Clocks and Clouds. Perhaps, however, this is too cynical a view.
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Clocks and Clouds for twelve female voices and orchestra five flutes, three doubling piccolos; three oboes; five clarinets, the fifth doubling bass clarinet; four bassoons; two trumpets; glockenspiel; vibraphone; celesta; two harps; four violas; six cellos; four double basses was composed in In this piece the language is no longer chromatic as it uses diatonic melody and harmony, coloured with micro-intervals.
I am always looking for new structural devices. The title stems slightly altered from an essay by Karl Popper on the philosophy of science. In my piece, however, the clocks and clouds are poetic images. The periodic, polyrhythmic sound-complexes melt into diffuse, liquid states and vice versa. Composer's comments on the work Clocks and Clouds for twelve female voices and orchestra five flutes, three doubling piccolos; three oboes; five clarinets, the fifth doubling bass clarinet; four bassoons; two trumpets; glockenspiel; vibraphone; celesta; two harps; four violas; six cellos; four double basses was composed in All rights reserved.
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Clocks and Clouds
He has been described as "one of the most important avant-garde composers in the latter half of the twentieth century" and "one of the most innovative and influential among progressive figures of his time". He became an Austrian citizen in He died in Vienna in Restricted in his musical style by the authorities of Communist Hungary, only when he reached the west in could Ligeti fully realise his passion for avant-garde music and develop new compositional techniques.
Clocks and Clouds: An Adventure Around Gyorgy Ligeti
A portrait of Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti, considered to be the most widely loved of post-war modernist composers. Thanks in part to the use of his music in the films of Stanley Kubrick, the Romanian-born composer Gyorgy Ligeti has emerged as the most widely loved of post-war modernist composers. Already an elegant musical craftsman when he fled his communist homeland in , he flourished amid the brave new world of musical possibilities that had opened up after the trauma of the Second World War. Ligeti's diminutive figure contained many contradictions - the intellectual and the sensual, the systematic and the anarchic - and in 'Clocks and Clouds' we explore the man, his personal history as a Jew in Nazi- and then Soviet-occupied Hungary, his music and his legacy. A recording of Ligeti himself from , much of which has never been broadcast, is interwoven with new interviews from Ligeti's son Lukas, a New York-based composer and percussionist; Louise Duchesneau, the composer's assistant for over twenty years; American musical analyst Amy Bauer; British composer Christopher Fox and the Dublin-based academic Wolfgang Marx. See all episodes from Sunday Feature. This episode is related to Gyorgy Ligeti.