View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of Continuum / Zehn Stücke Für Bläserquintett / Artikulation / Glissandi / Etüden Für Orgel. GRIDS AND MIST An analysis of Györgi Ligeti’s Continuum for Cembalo () Seth Horvitz ([email protected]) Music / Post-Tonal eory and Analysis.

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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Continuym and Privacy Policy. This page was last edited on 27 Juneat I will make occasional use of the terminology presented by Michael Hicks in his article, in which he groups Ligeti’s “blurring” techniques into the following three categories: The result was to give an effect of slow motion.

The composer describes the conception and result of its technique: Skip to main content. Many scholars have noted that the onset of this section corresponds exactly to the golden mean of the piece.

György Ligeti – Continuum

A harpsichord has an easy touch; it can be played very fast, almost fast enough to reach the level of continuumbut not quite it takes about eighteen separate sounds per second to reach the threshold where you can no longer make out individual notes and the limit set by the mechanism of the harpsichord is about fifteen to sixteen notes a second.

In the MIDI plot, we can see the perfectly symmetrical octaves, split in two by continnuum.

It is nearly symmetrical in shape, opening and closing with a feeling of stability, just as the exposition of a sonata form would begin and end on the tonic. In less than a minute, we have returned to a familiar place, yet we have forgotten exactly where we began. Yet it should be noted that every point of rest in Continuum is also a point of tension. G belowC middleD middleF below. In their paper, Cambouropoulos and Tsougras use small excerpts of the piano roll to illustrate certain discrepancies between what is notated and what might be perceived.


It is also worth noting that this symmetrical pitch collection looks like an expanded version of the earlier tetrachord [0][2][3][5]. In the center is a repeating diamond shape spanning the chromatic range of a P4 from E Dx in the score to A.

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Retrieved 18 October Although it would be jarring, the piece could easily end here, but instead, the climactic movement continues to move upward. Its light touch, contihuum Ligeti notes, allows for extremely rapid repetition, much faster than the piano.

Perhaps a lesson to be gained from Ligeti’s technique is that intervals and pitch groups ligetj be related to one another in a multitude of perceivable ways without reverting to traditional harmony.

Ligeti describes them as periods of liggeti contrasted with periods of “clearing up. Stable areas can occur in any range, sometimes through gradual transformations and sometimes through jarring leaps. Continuum is notable for its paradoxical premise: In my opinion, these interval categories are less useful and even confusingsince in many of the more chaotic sections of the piece, these processes occur simultaneously, overlapping in such a way that liigeti cannot be adequately characterized.

Log In Sign Up. In fact, the delicate, subtle asymmetries are what give Continuum its beautiful, rugged shape, somewhere between a tangle continyum chains and a shattered crystal.

Ligeti’s pattern-transformation technique allows him to move freely and smoothly from any given point of stability to another, even when they have no obvious relationship.


In fact, it might be said that from this point on, the piece feels as if it is in a continual state of climax quite astonishing, considering that the piece has not even reached its midway point.

Ligeti Continuum Analysis | Seth Horvitz –

Symmetry is present throughout Continuum, but it is rarely perfect. Here, we see it applied clearly in a symmetrical, repeating form. A theoretical and perceptual study.

As the string is plucked by the plectrumapart from the tone you also hear quite a loud noise. Coontinuum abstract concepts, such as quantities, relationships, connections, and processes, seem tangible to me and have their place in an imaginary space. Remember me on this computer. And while the opening minor third certainly constitutes an important recurring signal, it is only one of many.

I hope that my extensive use of clntinuum piano roll will shed new light on previous analyses of the piece. While the previous two sections appear as a steady stream being shaken up and then settling down again, this section proceeds with a clear sense of direction with regard to range.

It is approached without any traditional harmonic preparation, but instead with a type of stuttering, alien counterpoint. I will take a more diplomatic approach, classifying the disputed areas generally the static “interval signals” as points of overlap. This article about a classical composition ligti a stub.