The inspired magician among 20th century composers, Ligeti achieved huge popularity when Stanley Kubrick used his music to create the soundtrack for 2001 Space Odyssey.
The programme emphasizes Ligeti's obsession with machines, clockworks, repeating patterns and the unlikely connection between this most European composer and American minimalists.
The major work in the programme, the Horn Trio, represents a nod to Ligeti's European heritage and to Brahms. However, even in this most serious of forms, Ligeti thrills with breathtaking surprises, and with rhythmic and sonic games inspired by his researches on African rhythms and scientific forms.
PerformersPierre-Laurent Aimard piano
RepertoireLigeti: Poème symphonique for 100 metronomes; 3 Pieces for 2 pianos (Monument, Selbstporträt, Bewegung); Trio for horn, violin & piano (Hommage à Brahms)
Saturday 5 May, 12 noon-4pm, St Paul's Roof Pavilion at Royal Festival Hall: What You Need To Know - Ligeti in depth. £25, students £7.50. (See separate event).
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