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Visible and Audible Structures: Spatio-Temporal Compromise in Ligeti's Magyar Etüdök


The purpose of this article is to demonstrate, by examining György Ligeti's cycle of three pieces for double choir, what I call his compromise between temporal forms that possess their own microcosmic history and latent drama, and architectural patterns of his music that are endowed with a purely spatial coherence. I hope to demonstrate that an analysis of the aesthetic concepts at work in Ligeti's pieces might lead to a somewhat non-traditional approach in elaborating analytical strategies of modern music.

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Christopher F. Hasty , ‘On the Problem of Succession and Continuity in Twentieth-Century Music8, Music Theory Spectrum 8 (1986): 59

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