György (Sándor) Ligeti

György Ligeti (1923-2006)

Nationality: Hungarian | Austrian | Jewish
Born: May 28, 1923, Dicsőszentmárton, Transylvania
Died: June 12, 2006, Vienna (age 83)
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String Quartet No. 1, Métamorphoses nocturnes

(for 2 violins, viola and cello)
Duration: 22 minutes (approximately) - hide movement times
Composed: between 1953-1954 (age 30-31)
First performance: May 8, 1958. Vienna Musikverein, Ramor Quartet
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9 recordings, 32 videos
21:05
Quatuor Béla
1:33
Arditti Quartet
Part 1 of 8
1:59
Arditti Quartet
Part 2 of 8
2:09
Arditti Quartet
Part 3 of 8
2:44
Arditti Quartet
Part 4 of 8
2:29
Arditti Quartet
Part 5 of 8
2:19
Arditti Quartet
Part 6 of 8
2:57
Arditti Quartet
Part 7 of 8
4:35
Arditti Quartet
Part 8 of 8
21:46
Dudok Quartet Amsterdam
1:33
Hagen Quartet
Part 1 of 17
0:34
Hagen Quartet
Part 2 of 17
1:21
Hagen Quartet
Part 3 of 17
2:10
Hagen Quartet
Part 4 of 17
2:12
Hagen Quartet
Part 5 of 17
1:35
Hagen Quartet
Part 6 of 17
2:01
Hagen Quartet
Part 7 of 17
0:56
Hagen Quartet
Part 8 of 17
0:44
Hagen Quartet
Part 9 of 17
0:46
Hagen Quartet
Part 10 of 17
0:55
Hagen Quartet
Part 11 of 17
1:03
Hagen Quartet
Part 12 of 17
0:35
Hagen Quartet
Part 13 of 17
1:06
Hagen Quartet
Part 14 of 17
0:13
Hagen Quartet
Part 15 of 17
1:46
Hagen Quartet
Part 16 of 17
0:43
Hagen Quartet
Part 17 of 17
21:46
Kamus Quartet
22:09
Keller Quartet
23:32
Kiesewetter, et. al.
21:57
The Marlboro Festival Strings
21:31
Voces Intimae Quartet

György Ligeti

The first word of the sub-title Metamorphoses nocturnes refers to the form. It is a kind of variation form, only there is no specific “theme” that is then varied. It is, rather, that one and the same musical concept appears in constantly new forms - that is why “metamorphoses” is more appropriate than “variations”. The quartet can be considered as having just one movement or also as a sequence of many short movements that melt into one another without pause or which abruptly cut one another off. The basic concept, which is always present in the intervals but which is in a state of constant transformation, consists of two major seconds that succeed each other transposed by a semitone. In this First String Quartet there are certainly some characteristics of my later music, but the writing is totally different, “old-fashioned”; there are still distinct melodic, rhythmic and harmonic patterns and bar structure. It is not tonal music, but it is not radically atonal, either. The piece still belongs firmly to the Bartók tradition (remember my situation as a composer in Hungary at the beginning of the fifties), yet despite the Bartók-like tone (especially in the rhythm) and despite some touches of Stravinsky and Alban Berg, I trust that the First String Quartet is still personal work.

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