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Gyorgy Ligeti dies

"We have lost one of the greatest composers of the 20th century."

Gyorgy Ligeti, undoubtedly one of the most important composers of his generation has died today, aged 83.

Ligeti became known to the wider public after his music was used in Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey, but amongst musicians he was appreciated as an outstanding musical mind, and one of the very few post-war composers to bring wit and joie de vivre to the sometimes grey world of contemporary music.

"György Ligeti was an adventurer in form and expression and a great visionary of contemporary music. His richly varied output takes a special position in its musical quality and uncompromising individuality. Ligeti moved far away from aesthetic trends and methods all his life. He was characterized by fresh and unorthodox ideas, any form of dogmatism was foreign to his nature, his entire oeuvre is marked by radical turning points. Admired and hugely influential in the profession, the sensual accessibility of his music has won the hearts of audiences everywhere. "

via Schott website



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12/06/2006










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