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Gyorgy Ligeti

Gyorgy Ligeti

Ligeti was born in Tarnava-Sanmartin (in Hungarian, Dicsoszentmarton, renamed Tarnaveni in 1945), in the Transylvania region of Romania to a Hungarian Jewish family. Ligeti recalls that his first exposure to languages other than Hungarian came one day while listening to a conversation among the Romanian-speaking town police. Before that he hadn't known that other languages existed. He moved to Cluj (Kolozsvar) with his family when he was 6 and he was not to return to the town of his birth until the 1990s.

Ligeti received his initial musical training in the conservatory at Cluj. In 1943, after the takeover of Northern Transylvania by Hungary following the Second Vienna Award, his education was interrupted when, as a Jew, he was sent to a forced labor brigade by the Horthy regime. His brother, at the age of sixteen, was deported to the Mauthausen concentration camp; his parents were both sent to Auschwitz. His mother was the only other survivor of the immediate family.

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Gyorgy Ligeti : Hortobagy - Three Hungarian Folksongs : SATB : 01 Songbook : Gyorgy Ligeti : 073999352368 : 49001403

Gyorgy Ligeti : Hortobagy - Three Hungarian Folksongs

Review: For unaccompanied mixed voice choir. English translation inlcuded.

Songlist: Hortobagy

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7374b | Songbook $5.95 | SATB add item to cart Hungarian Choral Music


Gyorgy Ligeti : Nonsense Madrigals : TTBB : 01 Songbook : Gyorgy Ligeti : 884088053659 : 49032487

Gyorgy Ligeti : Nonsense Madrigals

Review: First premiered by the King's Singers in Queen Elizabeth Hall these compositions are a delight and will be a welcome addition to your repertoire. English text by William Rands and Lewis Carroll. Difficult.

Songlist: Two Dreams and Little Bat, Cuckoo in the Pear-Tree, The Alphabet, Flying Robert, The Lobster Quadrille, A Long, Sad Tale

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7375b | Songbook $39.95 | TTBB add item to cart Humorous A Cappella Arrangements


Gyorgy Ligeti : Songs from Matraszentimr Dalok : SA treble : 01 Songbook : Gyorgy Ligeti : 073999786880 : 49001338

Gyorgy Ligeti : Songs from Matraszentimr Dalok

Review: A collection of Hungarian folk songs for unaccompanied upper voice choir.

Songlist: Harom hordo, Igaz szerelem, Gomb, gomb, Erdobe, erdobe

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7376b | Songbook $4.95 | SA treble add item to cart Eastern European Choral Arrangements


London Sinfonietta Voices : Gyorgy Ligeti - A Cappella Choral Works : 00  1 CD : Terry Edwards : Gyorgy Ligeti : 07464623052-7 : SK62305

London Sinfonietta Voices : Gyorgy Ligeti - A Cappella Choral Works

Review: Terry Edwards conducts the London Sinfonietta Voices in 37 striking a cappella choral works by noted Hungarian composer Gyorgy Ligeti. Influenced by Bartok and Kodaly, and by Hungarian and Romanian folk music, Ligeti experienced censorship of his work by the Soviets, finally fleeing with his wife to Austria after the crushing of the Hungarian uprising in 1956. Since then his work has found a much wider audience in Germany, Sweden and California. All songs are a cappella and sung in Hungarian, but the extensive liner notes have English translations of all the lyrics. Some of our favorites are the folk tunes "Haj, Ifjusag!" (Heigh, Youth!) which sings lustily of the battle of the sexes, "Hortobagy," which sings of life on the farm, and "Kallai Kettos," (Double Dance from Kallo), which sings of love in Autumn, and the fact that all the singers' relatives and in-laws are still alive and kicking. "Choral Works" is a complex, powerful, poetic choral work by a gifted composer and a wonderful choral group.

Songlist: Night, Morning, Far from Home, Solitude, Two Canons, Kings of Bethlehem, The Fugitive, Wedding Song, Songs from Inaktelke, Songs from Matraszentimre, Widow Papai, Three Fantasies after Holderlin, Hungarian Etudes, Heigh, Youth!, Easter, Hortobagy, From A High Mountain Rock, Double-Dance from Kallo

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Flying RobertGyorgy LigetiGyorgy LigetiNonsense MadrigalsSongbookMORE DETAILS 
From A High Mountain RockGyorgy LigetiLondon Sinfonietta VoicesGyorgy Ligeti - A Cappella Choral Works 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Gomb, gombGyorgy LigetiGyorgy LigetiSongs from Matraszentimr DalokSongbook (SA)MORE DETAILS 
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HortobagyGyorgy LigetiGyorgy LigetiHortobagy - Three Hungarian FolksongsSongbookMORE DETAILS 
Hungarian EtudesGyorgy LigetiLondon Sinfonietta VoicesGyorgy Ligeti - A Cappella Choral Works 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Igaz szerelemGyorgy LigetiGyorgy LigetiSongs from Matraszentimr DalokSongbook (SA)MORE DETAILS 
Kings of BethlehemGyorgy LigetiLondon Sinfonietta VoicesGyorgy Ligeti - A Cappella Choral Works 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Lux aeternaGyorgy LigetiArs Nova SingersLuminescence: Music for Many Voices 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
MorningGyorgy LigetiLondon Sinfonietta VoicesGyorgy Ligeti - A Cappella Choral Works 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
NightGyorgy LigetiLondon Sinfonietta VoicesGyorgy Ligeti - A Cappella Choral Works 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
ReggelGyorgy LigetiSanta Fe Desert ChoralePassion 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
ReggelGyorgy LigetiIowa State SingersChoral Spectrum 3 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
SolitudeGyorgy LigetiLondon Sinfonietta VoicesGyorgy Ligeti - A Cappella Choral Works 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Songs from InaktelkeGyorgy LigetiLondon Sinfonietta VoicesGyorgy Ligeti - A Cappella Choral Works 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Songs from MatraszentimreGyorgy LigetiLondon Sinfonietta VoicesGyorgy Ligeti - A Cappella Choral Works 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
The AlphabetGyorgy LigetiGyorgy LigetiNonsense MadrigalsSongbookMORE DETAILS 
The FugitiveGyorgy LigetiLondon Sinfonietta VoicesGyorgy Ligeti - A Cappella Choral Works 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
The Lobster QuadrilleGyorgy LigetiGyorgy LigetiNonsense MadrigalsSongbookMORE DETAILS 
Three Fantasies after HolderlinGyorgy LigetiLondon Sinfonietta VoicesGyorgy Ligeti - A Cappella Choral Works 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Two CanonsGyorgy LigetiLondon Sinfonietta VoicesGyorgy Ligeti - A Cappella Choral Works 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Two Dreams and Little BatGyorgy LigetiGyorgy LigetiNonsense MadrigalsSongbookMORE DETAILS 
Wedding SongGyorgy LigetiLondon Sinfonietta VoicesGyorgy Ligeti - A Cappella Choral Works 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Widow PapaiGyorgy LigetiLondon Sinfonietta VoicesGyorgy Ligeti - A Cappella Choral Works 1 CDMORE DETAILS 


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