This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of György Ligeti, one of the most exciting composers of the 20th century, a constant seeker of new paths forward. Originally from Transylvania, he studied at Budapest's Liszt Academy and, after emigrating in 1956, produced his mature work in Western Europe. Concerto Budapest and the Hungarian Radio Choir are commemorating the artist with a concert of four emblematic works of his, with the singers Sarah Defrise and Szilvia Vörös serving as the two soloists for the concert. Two decades younger than Ligeti, Péter Eötvös will make for the most fitting possible conductor for the evening.
"It is my wish that nothing be named after me, but if it must, it should be the 'György Ligeti Dead End'." The artist once expressed this sentiment at the end of an interview after having confessed a few sentences earlier, "I am deeply dissatisfied with myself (…) I am constantly searching, but I can't find my own language and I always do something new." It is thanks to this constant search for a way forward that the composer's œuvre is full of exciting twists and turns. This centenar...y concert brings to life four stages in Ligeti's journey of discovery: works that have developed lives of their own, three of them orchestral and the fourth an oratorio. Melodien (1971), Clocks and Clouds (1972/73), San Francisco Polyphony (1973/74) and Requiem (1963-65) all represent the part of the composer's output from his years in the West, giving us the opportunity to encounter phenomena such as micropolyphony, the sound cloud, and the "meccanico" character. Sarah Defrise and Szilvia Vörös, the singers joining the Hungarian Radio Choir and Concerto Budapest, are outstanding representatives of the younger generation, and Péter Eötvös was not only a lifelong friend of the older master's, he is also one of the leading experts on his works.
The concert will be preceded from 6.30 pm by a conversation in Hungarian entitled Prologue, where ticket holders will be invited to get to know the performing musician and the works to be performed more closely.
The host of the discussion is Gergely Fazekas.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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