Ligeti’s Macroharmonies - Nicolas Namoradze

Ligeti’s Macroharmonies

A Graphical-Statistical Analysis of Book 3 of the Piano Etudes

In the third and final book of his iconic piano etudes Gyoergy Ligeti charts a new path relative to the rest of his musical output, representing a significant arrival in a composer's oeuvre known for its stylistic transformations. Les mer
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In the third and final book of his iconic piano etudes Gyoergy Ligeti charts a new path relative to the rest of his musical output, representing a significant arrival in a composer's oeuvre known for its stylistic transformations. This monograph is the first dedicated study of these capstone works, investigating them through a novel lens of statistical-graphical analysis that illuminates their compositional uniqueness as well as broader questions regarding the perception of stability in musical texture.

With nearly 200 graphical illustrations and a detailed commentary, this examination reveals the unique manner in which Ligeti treads between tonality and atonality-a key idea in his late style-and the centrality of processes related to broader scale areas (or "macroharmony") in articulating structures and narratives. The analytical techniques developed here are a powerful tool for investigating macroharmonic stability that can be applied to a wide range of repertoire beyond these works.


This book is intended for graduate-level and professional music theorists, musicologists, performers and mathematicians.
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Forlag: Springer Nature Switzerland AG
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Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 203
ISBN: 9783030856939
Format: 24 x 16 cm
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Introduction.- Alternating Diatonic Qualities in Etude 15, White on White.- Gradual Disintegrations in Etude 16, Pour Irina.- Articulating Ternary Structures in Etude 17, A bout de souffle.- Tonal Procedures in Etude 18, Canon.- Conclusion.- Appendix 1: Scrolling Videos.- Appendix 2: Maximal Forces on Fourier Balances.- Bibliography.
Nicolas Namoradze received his doctorate from the CUNY Graduate Center in 2020, where his dissertation "Macroharmony in Ligeti's Piano Etudes, Book 3" has been nominated for the Barry S. Brook award. He served for several years on the faculty of Queens College, CUNY, where he taught music history, composition, and chamber music. Namoradze is currently active as a composer and concert pianist, having won the triennial Honens International Piano Competition in 2018, the largest piano prize in the world. He also pursues a postgraduate degree in neuropsychology at King's College, London.