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Messages of the Late R. V. Troussova

for soprano and chamber ensemble to poems by Rimma Dalos

By Gyorgy Kurtag

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Chamber Music with Voice
For soprano and chamber ensemble to poems by Rimma Dalos. Composed by Gyorgy Kurtag (1926-). Contemporary Music. EMB. Classical. Score. Composed 2018. Op. 17. 144 pages. Duration 27'. Editio Musica Budapest #EMBZ12021. Published by Editio Musica Budapest (HL.50511154).

Item Number: HL.50511154

ISBN 9790080120217. K/4 (23,5x31) inches. Russian, Hungarian, German, English, French. Dalos Rimma.

It was the Paris premiere in 1981 of Messages of the Late R. V. Troussova that brought the world's attention to the music of Gyorgy Kurtag (born 1926). The spectrum of these feminine poems in Russian with their cruel sincerity ranges from nostalgia to rebellion, from melancholy to despair, and these extremes are fully conveyed by Kurtag's music. The score published in 1982 is now issued in a revised edition, with a fresh engraving. Peter Eotvos said about the essence of Kurtag's musical notation: ''Kurtag's scores are special because the performing instructions regarding tempo, tone-color, note-hierarchy and dynamics appear in them as if they were precise comments on an interpretation existing in his imagination. Kurtag's idiosyncratic notation is unusually brave even today, or rather it indicates that he has found the most appropriate method of notation for his own musical style which, in a certain sense, forces performers to accommodate to his music and to that end widen their repertoire of expression. The powerful effect of Kurtag's art unfolds of its own accord when his works are played with sensitivity and openness to their special demands, and a musician who senses this becomes a dedicated performer of this music.''.

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