Scouting Ligeti

Together with the SWR Vokalensemble and KlangForum Heidelberg e. V., the Classic Scouts immersed themselves in the fascinating sound world of the composer György Ligeti as part of the 2023 Music Festival.

The "listening experience" they created contains 9 audio files with interviews with musicians who performed at the 2023 Music Festival, audio samples and their personal view of one of the most original and technically demanding composers of the past century. The "listening experience world" invited the audience to delve deeper into the concerts of the "Ligeti 100" focus of the 2023 music festival both online and on site.


What do young people feel when they hear music by Ligeti for the first time?

Ligeti's life and work against the backdrop of the turbulent social and political developments of his time

Ligeti's "Volumina"

Listening impressions and favorite parts

Conversation with organist Markus Uhl

Ligeti's concerto for violin and orchestra

Listening impressions and favorite parts

Ligeti's 2nd String Quartet

Listening impressions and favorite parts

Conversation with Léo Marillier from the French string quartet Quatuor Diotima about rehearsing the work

Ligeti's "Lux aeterna"

Listening impressions and favorite parts

Interview with soprano Sarah M. Newman from Klangforum Heidelberg

About the project

Music & Images
In the first phase, the Classic Scouts explored the connection between music and visual art in Ligeti's work as part of the SWR Vokalensemble's "Music and Images" project. The focus of this project for this year's ARD Week of Music is the timbre composition in the famous vocal piece "Lux Aeterna" (Eternal Light). But the spectacular history of the composer in the context of the turbulent social and political developments of his lifetime also provide an occasion for intensive discussion.

The videos created by the young people themselves in the project were presented to the public as a cinematic work of art by all participants at the SWR Vokalensemble concert on March 21, 2023 at Garage 229 in Stuttgart-Ost.

Scouting Ligeti
How does Ligeti's music affect us? What approaches open up in the experience of his music - in direct listening as well as in closer study of the composer? And what personal insights do the performing artists give us?

These questions were the focus of the second phase of the project together with KlangForum Heidelberg e. V. Under the artistic direction of Nelly Sautter and Magdalena Erhard, the Classic Scouts are working intensively on various works of the Ligeti 100 festival focus on the one hand, and on Ligeti as an extraordinary personality on the other. From solo concerts to organ and string quartet music to vocal music in the KlangForum program - they reflect on their listening experiences, talk to artists and thus create individual approaches to Ligeti's music.

The result: a digital listening experience - for the audience of the Heidelberger Frühling Music Festival 2023 and all people who want to engage with Ligeti's music on site or from home.

Various audio files with general as well as programme-specific content are available on the website. There were also QR codes at each concert venue for direct access.

The live moment: At the KlangForum Heidelberg concert on April 5, 2023 in the parish church of St. Paul Boxberg, the creative work of the Classic Scouts could also be experienced on site as part of a special attunement.

The project participants included Liam Dammert, Lisa Köhnle, Lukas Herrera, Selma Krauße, Jakob Gierok, Moritz Pfister, Luis Miehlich, Mariela Rogic, Laurenz Hambrecht, Elisa Stepanski, Yunhe Liang and Joseph Noble.

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