"Music is the cup that holds the wine of silence. Sound is that cup, but empty. Noise is that cup, but broken.”

Robert Fripp


"Le rôle de l'artiste créateur est de créer des lois, non pas de suivre celles qui sont déjà faites"
Ferruccio Busoni

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John Lee Hooker

26/04/2013

Piece for Ligeti



As well Ligeti was influenced by Conlon Nancarrow , writing the piano piece's "Vertige",
Conlon himself wrote a mechanical piano piece as a tribute to Ligeti for his 65th birthday.

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"Dear Mr. Ligeti: About six months ago I was advised from Germany that they were sending me three records of your music. They just arrived. I am overwhelmed. Thanks for having them sent. For some time I have been very flattered by the things you have been saying about my music. Of course I knew that you were a famous composer, but I had not heard a note of your music. Well, now I have, and am very impressed. I haven't felt such excitement since Bartok and Stravinsky. By the way, are the String Quartets published? I would like to see the scores. I understand that you will be at the ISCM festival in Graz. I look forward to seeing you. Best regards, Conlon Nancarrow."
(a message from Nancarrows to Ligeti - 30 june 1982)

"Dear Mr. Nancarrow, thank you so much for your letter, it is the greatest pleasure for me. Since I know your music (i.e. since summer 1980 when I heard the first two records of your Studies) I love your music more than any other music of a now living composer. Since then I got also the third record and a number of scores published by Mr. Garland both in Soundings and separately. It's very hard to get your records in Europe, therefore -- I hope you don't object -- I made a great number of tape copies for friends, so your Studies reached even some East European countries.... I didn't know your address until your letter came...I'm very happy to meet you in Graz... I have the honour to introduce your music at the ISCM festival and I look very much foreward for this event and for your personal presence there... ' (a Ligeti's letter to Nancarrow - 20 august 1982)

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