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György Ligeti - 100, on Radio România Muzical

Monday, 22 May 2023 , ora 11.15

The programme streamed on the evening of May 25th and 26th will be dedicated to a great composer of the 20th century, György Ligeti, born 100 years ago in Târnăveni, Romania, Austrian naturalized, and died in 2006 in Vienna.

The exact date of György Ligeti's death is May 28th, 1923. His intriguing biography left a mark on his varied creation as well: works for piano solo, organ and harpsichord, such as Le Grand Macabre piece, finished in 1974, or Requiem, composed in 1965, but also chamber music, orchestra, electronic music and music for unique purposes, such as Poème symphonique for 100 metronomes.

György Ligeti pursued an education at the Cluj-Napoca Conservatory and after the Second World War, he continued his studies as a composer at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Then he worked in Karlheinz Stockhausen's studio in Köln, where he collaborated with other reputable composers of the 20th century, such as Pierre Boulez, Luciano Berio and Mauricio Kagel.

You will have the opportunity to listen to György Ligeti's most beautiful works on Thursday and Friday, May 25th and 26th, at 11:30, on Radio România Muzical's programme Contemporary Sounds.

Laura Ana Mânzat
Translated by Denisa Stanciu,
University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year I
Corrected by Silvia Petrescu