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Musica Ricercata (1951-53)

Musica Ricercata (1951-53) composed by Gyorgy Ligeti (1923-2006). For Piano. Schott. 20th Century and Hungarian. Collection. 37 pages. Schott Music #ED7718. Published by Schott Music (HL.49007470).

ISBN 379579532X. 20th Century and Hungarian. 9x12 inches.

An irresistible elementary power comes from these eleven pieces. The early piano works of the famous Hungarian composer developed from experiments with Mali tables, structures of rhythm and sound, to construct a new musical way of speaking.

  • H. Badings  Composed by Air
  • B. Bartok  Composed by Dudelsack
  • C. Beck  Composed by Fur Eine Stille Stunde
  • W. Fortner  Composed by Serenata
  • H. Genzmer  Composed by PrŠludium
  • K. Hessenberg  Composed by Invention
  • P. Hindemith  Composed by Marsch
  • W. Maler  Composed by Drei Kleine Stucke
  • B. Martinu  Composed by Intermezzo II
  • E. Pepping  Composed by Tanzweise
  • H. Reutter  Composed by Lustiges Stuck
  • M. Seiber  Composed by Ap Agapak
  • I. Stravinsky  Composed by Allegro
  • B.A. Zimmermann  Composed by Aria
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  • 4

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  • March 13, 2008 This is a very interesting work!

    This is a seminal suite of minimalist pieces aren't actually that hard. There are lovely echoes of Bartok in a few. I'm a fan of Ligeti, but this music is very approachable anyway. Most of them can be assigned to an intermediate student.

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  • 5

    Indianapolis, IN
  • November 02, 2006 Extremely satisfying piece

    This suite of short pieces is a gem. moving from lively and humorous to poignant and grieving. This makes me both laugh and cry. The movement that is in memory of Bartok is incredible. The biggest challenge in the suite is movement where left and right hands play independently of...

    one another. Buy this, you won't regret it.

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  • 4

    Frankfurt, Germany
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  • January 04, 2004 Music for Kubrick´s "Eyes Wide Shut"

    A favorite of me (49 years, 30 years piano)and my son (16, 5 years piano). Although I bet, his preference for the second piece in this set is based on the fact that it is the background music for the famous sex scene in Kubrick´s "Eyes Wide Shut...

    "! The entire set provides a variety of styles and techniques. Amongst them a rather difficult piece of minimal music with a repetitive pattern for the left hand and a rhythmically disconnected simple melodical pattern for the right, a piece straight out of Bartok and some very Ligeti-only music. In fact I think the minimal music item is worth the entire volume. And when I play it people usually get attentive. They like it very much.

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  • 5

    Broken Arrow, OK
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  • November 30, 2002 Good introduction to Ligeti's piano

    This work is a very good introduction to Ligeti's piano works. It is much easier than the phenomenonally difficult etudes, but is still not easy. It offers some very interesting ideas. For example, there are eleven pieces in the set. The first is built upon only two tones (transposed...

    through octaves) the second has only three, the third four, and so on until the last piece is a chromatic piec in a contrapuntal style. There are very aggressive rhythms and various degrees of feeling. have fun in the tenth piece when the player is instructed to play huge chord clusters "as if mad". If you don't really like modern music, I'll bet you'll like this one.

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