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Metamorphosis in Music: The Compositions of György Ligeti in the 1950s and 1960s

Benjamin R. Levy


In the 1950s and 1960s György Ligeti went through a remarkable transition from writing music in the style of Bartók to working at the cutting edge of the avant-garde. Through careful study of the sketches and drafts, as well as analysis of the finished scores, Metamorphosis in Music takes a detailed look at this compositional evolution. The book begins with Ligeti’s synthesis of folk music and modernism in Musica ricercata and continues through the turn of the 1970s, examining nearly every major work as well as numerous unpublished studies. It shows Ligeti’s early discovery of twelve-tone tech ... More

Keywords: György Ligeti, Music analysis, Sketch studies, Creative process, Experimental music, Avant-garde, Compositional technique

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199381999
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199381999.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin R. Levy, author
University of Santa Barbara