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Ligeti, György, 1923-2006

Hungarian-born Austrian composer. He developed a dense, highly chromatic, polyphonic style in which melody and rhythm are sometimes lost in shifting blocks of sound. He achieved international prominence with Atmosphères (1961) and Requiem (1965), used as part of the score for Stanley Kubrick's film epic 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968). Other works include an opera Le Grand Macabre (1978) and Poème symphonique (1962), for 100 metronomes. Ligeti studied composition at the Budapest Music Academy 1945–49 and taught there 1950–56. In 1956 he went to the Studio for Electronic Music in Cologne, Germany, and in 1959 was appointed instructor at the International Courses for New Music at Darmstadt. In 1961 he was visiting professor of composition at the Stockholm Music Academy, and eventually settled in Vienna, Austria. His mature music is experimental in na...    Continue Reading
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