Der kanonisierte Ligeti

Weiss, Stefan (2016) Der kanonisierte Ligeti. Studia Musicologica, 57 (1-2). pp. 221-238. ISSN 1788-6244

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By the middle of the 1960s, only a couple of years after his defection from Hungary to Austria and West Germany, Ligeti had already achieved canonical status in Western circles of contemporary music, even if more in German speaking countries than in English speaking ones. As a by-product of this extremely quick process, Ligeti was identified with the new musical language of ‚Klangkomposition‘ (sound-mass music) and micropolyphonic texture, an identification that has stuck with him since — the works written from 1958 to 1967, and Atmosphères in particular, remain by far his best known and most frequently cited compositions. If canonization in itself must be regarded to a certain degree as desirable to any composer, in Ligeti’s case there were unwanted effects of this development. Although the composer himself contributed to it by his writings, his early identification as a composer of sound masses not only narrowed the reception of his oeuvre but affected his later self-image as a composer, too.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music / zene, szövegkönyvek, kották > M1 Music / zene
M Music and Books on Music / zene, szövegkönyvek, kották > M1 Music / zene > M10 Theory and philosophy of music / zeneelmélet, muzikológia
Depositing User: Endre Sarvay
Date Deposited: 16 Oct 2017 12:45
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017 12:45

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