Analysis and performance aspects of GYÖRGY LIGETI'S ÉTUDES pour piano: fanfares and arc-en-ciel
“Performance Aspects of György Ligeti’s Études pour Piano: Fanfares and Arc-en-ciel” examines two etudes, Fanfares and Arc-en-ciel, from Ligeti’s first book of piano etudes. The purpose of this study is to explore these two etudes, by providing analytical aspects that focus on Ligeti’s application of polyrhythm in two hands of pianists. In these two etudes, he combines complex polyrhythm with other components, including triadic harmonies, jazz and the lament motive. Ligeti states that the three sets of etudes are studies for both performer and composer. Fanfares and Arc-en-ciel exhibit two contrasting characters: Fanfares is built with humor and rhythmical vitality, while Arc-en-ciel is an elegant and expressive etude. This document will illustrate his ingenuity in manipulating rhythm, dynamics control and formal structure. I begin with a general overview of piano etudes and their development over history, including composers Scarlatti, Bach, Czerny, Chopin, Debussy, and representative twentieth century composers. The lineage shows how the genre of etude has evolved and how etudes mirror the style of each period. Ligeti began to compose his etudes in 1985 and launched a new style of etude at the end of the twentieth century. In addition to the analytical and interpretive aspects of these two etudes, the study also examines Ligeti’s compositional styles in general, and some other features that maintained his ongoing preoccupation in his last years.
School:The Ohio State University
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:ligeti etudes pour piano fanfares arc en ciel
Date of Publication:01/01/2007