Aritikulation. Elektronische Musik. Eine Hörpartitur von Rainer Wehinger. / Electronic Music. An Aural Score by Rainer Wehinger. György Ligeti, Rainer Wehinger, Erhard Karkoschka.
Aritikulation. Elektronische Musik. Eine Hörpartitur von Rainer Wehinger. / Electronic Music. An Aural Score by Rainer Wehinger.
Aritikulation. Elektronische Musik. Eine Hörpartitur von Rainer Wehinger. / Electronic Music. An Aural Score by Rainer Wehinger.
Aritikulation. Elektronische Musik. Eine Hörpartitur von Rainer Wehinger. / Electronic Music. An Aural Score by Rainer Wehinger.
Aritikulation. Elektronische Musik. Eine Hörpartitur von Rainer Wehinger. / Electronic Music. An Aural Score by Rainer Wehinger.
Aural Score for Ligeti’s Aritikulation

Aritikulation. Elektronische Musik. Eine Hörpartitur von Rainer Wehinger. / Electronic Music. An Aural Score by Rainer Wehinger.

Mainz: B. Schott’s Söhne, 1970. First edition. Printed in 200 numbered copies, this is unnumbered. Text in German and English. Text with illustrations and reproduction of Ligeti’s original notes and special scores for “Artikulation” on pp. 5–35. Wehinger’s aural score is printed on different paper in colour on pp. 37–55. A vinyl (by WERGO, WER 331; in 7", 33 ⅓ RPM format) of “Artikulation" with instruction guide to use the aural score, housed in a folder at the inner part rear paste down. In publisher’s black cloth, with orange title vignette on front panel. Oblong. Layout, book design and binding by Günther Stiller. 55, (1) p. Front panel slightly sunned at edges. Overall a fine copy.

First edition of the special aural score for Ligeti’s “Artikulation” designed by Rainer Wehinger.

Ligeti composed “Artikulation" in 1958, this is one of 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 an original 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 colours instead of notes on a staff; different colours represent variations in timbre and pitch, the dots 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 started to compose music for electronic instruments, and these works, “Artikulation” and “Atmosphères”, gave him reputation in the Western European music scene. Soon he gave up composing electronic music but his experiences with such instruments made and effect on his later compositions.

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Price: €700.00