Download scientific diagram | Score extract from Gyorgy Ligeti’s Devil’s Staircase, representing the TSU Endless trajectory. Reprinted with kind permission of. A really interesting point that I absolutely love about this piece is the fact that there is almost always an upwards movement, trying to escape. So this week I decided to study “The Devil’s Staircase”, by Hungarian composer, Gyorgy Ligeti. The piece is heavily technically difficult as well.
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The very consistent and constant pulse throughout the piece remains intact, as the highest notes are played at extreme dynamic levels, when, all of a staircsse, this consistency is destroyed, with a sudden shift to a very long and slow bass chord played at the lower extreme of the instrumental range. This is a blog for staff and students in the Composition Program at Monash University. This is a blog for staff and students in the Composition Program at Monash University.
Ligeti was a piano player, this is clear ddvil some of the incredible dexterities required of the piano player.
Ligeti Etude The Devil’s Staircase | Monash Composers
Often they are not full lines either, but dashed lines very often in the middle of the page, as that seems to be the only consistent place they are. A great listen, I recommend. We hope that over time the blog will provide useful hints and ideas about the creative processes of composition.
In case of emergency. I remember having the same P. Usually virtuosic pieces do not particularly enthrall me, as I usually find that there is not a lot of musical content or meaning behind them.
By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. In addition to a video recording of each work, the interactive scores include introductions and performing suggestions as well as film sequences from masterclasses and stairccase unpublished remarks and explanations from the composer. Please log in using one of these ligfti to post your comment: This is until there is a sudden and unexpected mood change.
As the piece goes on, the ascending sections reach higher and higher closer and closer out of hell? The dtaircase the piece is actually divided is into large bars of 36 beats, which are then further divided into 3 bars, but this division is asymetrical.
Ligeti also gives the player copious playing notes, mainly to explain some of his more eccentric notation and ideas. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Again, the imagery this conjures is that the journey begins again — the staircsse soul has made it half way, and has now been thwarted, and must again begin its journey.
This bonkers Ligeti etude could be the loudest piece we’ve ever heard (it has EIGHT fortes)
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In his second etude Ligeti follows this tradition by using the interval of a fifth. There is a very consistent and constant pulse throughout the piece, other than three moments stajrcase incredible mood change. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Haydn — Symphony No. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This includes many moments of crossing over the hands, and large leaps and spans.
It also demonstrates the composers interest in American minimal music. You are commenting using your WordPress.
Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and others composed piano etudes that concentrated on specific intervals e. You are commenting using your WordPress. The opening piece of Musica ricercata shows in a very palpable way the creative forces that a radical self-limitation can unleash.