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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Ligeti Etude The Devil’s Staircase | Monash Composers
Haydn — Symphony No. Ligeti also gives the player copious playing notes, mainly to explain some of his more eccentric notation and ideas. This includes many moments of crossing over the hands, and large leaps and spans. The piece, thus far, seem to lean towards this point, and one might expect a climax, but in bar 18, the consistency of texture, and pitch material drop instantly — much the same as bar stave 3.
Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: By the last third of the first stave, the piece still moves polymetrically up and down the piano, but the intervals begin to narrow, and as a result, this subtly thickens the texture. Ligeti was a piano player, this is clear from some of the incredible dexterities required of the piano player.
In case of emergency. In stave 3, the bass takes on the role of being a percussive driving force. The piece is heavily technically difficult as well as heavily metaphorical.
You are commenting using your Twitter account. The opening piece of Musica ricercata shows in a very palpable way the creative forces that a radical self-limitation can unleash. Thanks to our partners and sponsors: By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.
Makes sense to me. This is a blog for staff and students in the Composition Program at Monash University.
In his second etude Ligeti follows this tradition staiecase using the interval of a fifth. Chopin, Liszt, Debussy and others composed piano etudes that concentrated on specific intervals e. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Email required Address never made public.
This bonkers Ligeti etude could be the loudest piece we’ve ever heard (it has EIGHT fortes)
The way 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. This is a blog for staff and students in the Composition Program at Monash University. Again, the imagery this conjures is that the journey begins again — the fleeing soul ligdti made it half way, and has now been thwarted, and must again begin its journey.
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There is a very consistent and constant pulse throughout the piece, other than three moments of incredible mood change. Leave a Stairxase Cancel reply Enter your comment here Here the composer restricts his musical material — with the exception of the final bars — to a single note: We intend to keep a record of our study, staricase and compositional projects to document our work, show the world outside what we do and invite comment.
The Piece ascends and ascends to the extreme upper pitches of the piano. Email required Address never made public. To find out more, including how to control cookies, decil here: You are commenting using your Facebook account.
We hope that over time the blog will provide useful hints and shaircase about the creative processes of composition. This is until there is a sudden and unexpected mood change. Here, each of the pianist’s hands seems to be moving in a different space. 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.
You are commenting using your Stajrcase. For me, the images created within this piece, are generated by the use of the initial leaps of 2 octaves and a 6th — perfectly imitating the physically disjunctive motion of walking up the stairs.
Create a free website or blog at WordPress. It demands not only the greatest possible hand control but also an infallible sense of tone colour as well as extraordinary powers of perception.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here You are commenting using your Facebook account. A great listen, I recommend.
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.
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