Gyorgy Ligeti - Quotes

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But if you go from Moscow to Budapest you think you are in Paris. ---->>>

Stravinsky used Mother Goose. He was influenced by Mother Goose, indirectly, but very beautifully. ---->>>

If you come from Paris to Budapest you think you are in Moscow. ---->>>

I listen to all kinds of music - new music, old music, music of my colleagues, everything. ---->>>

In January 1944 I was called up by the Forced Labor Service, but I deserted on October 10, 1944. ---->>>

It isn't false modesty when I say this, but although I am supposed to be a famous person it doesn't mean anything to me. I just sit at home and work.

It isn't false modesty when I say this, but although I am supposed to be a famous person it doesn't mean anything to me. I just sit at home and work.

But I do not want to use Hungarian verses for British people. ---->>>

I don't read such boring things. Life is too short. ---->>>

When I was younger I was completely without money - when I was studying in Budapest, when I was a refugee. ---->>>

I think it was when I was nineteen, by that time the Jewish laws were already in force and the split was beginning to come about which isolated the Jewish culture. ---->>>

I was fifteen years old, and I hardly knew how to play a simple Bach prelude on the piano when I began to compose music, and at the most advanced level. I had never studied such things as harmony. ---->>>

I like to stay home and listen to recordings. ---->>>

I lived under the Nazis and under the Communists. ---->>>

New York is the dream world, the center of jazz and rock. ---->>>

Then, after the war it was impossible to travel, after so many years of Hitler and Stalin. ---->>>

Well I live in Vienna with my wife and son, and I teach in Hamburg, there will be no changes in that respect. ---->>>

However, I began composing as soon as I started taking piano lessons. ---->>>

I know already the music I will write. But the words? I have not yet decided. ---->>>

I only want to give a metaphysic for my music. ---->>>

Yes, fractals are what I want to find in my music. ---->>>

I continued to study Math and Physics on my own, but one and a half years later I realized that I did want to be a composer, and after that I never changed my mind. ---->>>

For the past ten years I have had no financial problems. ---->>>

Gesualdo was very important to me, I wanted to do something which corresponded to him. ---->>>

First of all I listen to music. I like music. ---->>>

I don't use old music. ---->>>

I think a composer is always interested in his last work. ---->>>

I write bars, for the musicians, because they have to be together. ---->>>

In my piano concerto I developed this polyphony to much higher complexity. ---->>>

My grandfather was not a musician but he was an artist - a painter, a decorative painter. ---->>>

Once, in London, the BBC asked me what was my favorite English book. I said Alice in Wonderland. ---->>>

People often thought Leopold Auer was Russian because he lived in St. Petersburg so long, almost fifty years. ---->>>

Perhaps the better word is emotional yes, I am an emotional man. ---->>>

Steinberg is great. I should like to meet him. ---->>>

There is a wonderful Hungarian literature, especially in lyric poetry. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Hungarian
Born: 05-28, 1923
Birthplace:
Die: 06-12, 2006
Occupation: Composer
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György Sándor Ligeti (; Hungarian: Ligeti György Sándor, pronounced [ˈliɡɛti ˈɟørɟ ˈʃaːndor]; 28 May 1923 – 12 June 2006) was a Hungarian composer of contemporary classical music. He has been described as "one of the most important avant-garde composers in the latter half of the twentieth century" and "one of the most innovative and influential among progressive figures of his time" (wikipedia)