Aritikulation [1958]. Hörpartitur von Rainer Wehinger. Elektronische Musik. Electronic Musik.
Aritikulation [1958]. Hörpartitur von Rainer Wehinger. Elektronische Musik. Electronic Musik.
Ligeti's Inscribed "Aural Score"

Aritikulation [1958]. Hörpartitur von Rainer Wehinger. Elektronische Musik. Electronic Musik.

Mainz: Schott. ED 6378-10, 1970. Offset in 4 colors. Presentation copy. Inscribed and dated by Ligeti in 1998. 100 × 70 cm. Creases to edges, otherwise a fine copy.

Ligeti composed Artikulation in 1958, this is one of the only two electric pieces he composed before returning back to the instrumental medium. Ligeti provides this explanation for his music: "The piece is called Artikulation because in this sense an artificial language is articulated: question and answer, high and low voices, polyglot speaking and interruptions, impulsive outbreaks and humour, charring and whispering”.

Although the piece had a score by Ligeti, twelve years after it was composed, Rainer Wehinger created this “Hörpartitur” or aural score, a more “user friendly” version. It focuses on the main sonic characteristics: uses a timeline measured in seconds; shapes and colors instead of the notes on a staff; different colors that represent variations in timbre and pitch; dots that are standing for impulses and combs for noise.

György Ligeti (1923–2006) was a Hungarian (Transylvanian) born composer. Studied at the Music Academy of Cluj and Budapest. After his graduation he started to collect folk music in Romania and taught composing and counterpointing at the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. He left Hungary after the revolution in 1956, and started to work at the radio station in Cologne where he made acquaintance with Karlheinz Stockhausen who had a major influence on his art. In 1959 settled down in Vienna and became citizen in 1967. Taught at the Universities of Darmstadt, Stockholm, Stanford and Hamburg.

Under the influence of Stockhausen he started to compose music for electronic instruments like Artikulation and Atmosphères. This gave him reputation in the Western European music scene. After these works he gave up composing electronic music but his experiences with such instruments made and effect on his later compositions.

His music could be characterized as a mixture of Western avant-garde music and Hungarian folk music combined with sense of humour and absurd.

Ligeti’s pieces (Lontano, Lux Aeterna, Requiem) were used as film music – among others – in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut also in Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island.


Price: €800.00

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