Scouting Ligeti

Together with the SWR Vokalensemble and the KlangForum Heidelberg e. V. the Classic Scouts immersed themselves into the fascinating sound world of composer György Ligeti.

They created a "Hörerlebniswelt" which contains nine audio files: interviews with performing musicians, audio examples and their personal perspective and thoughts on one of the most original and technically sophisticated composers of the past century. The "Hörerlebniswelt" invites the audience online and on premise to dive deeper into the concerts of the Musikfestival focus point "Ligeti 100".


What did young people think when they heard Ligeti's music for the first time?

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

In conversation with organist Markus Uhl about Ligeti's "Volumina

In conversation with Léo Marillier of the French string quartet Quatuor Diotima about rehearsing Ligeti's 2nd string quartet

In conversation with soprano Sarah M. Newman from Klangforum Heidelberg about Ligeti's "Lux aeterna"

About the Project

Music & Pictures
In the first phase, the Classic Scouts explored the connection between music and visual art in Ligeti's oeuvre 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 will be presented to the public as a complete cinematic work of art by all participants in the concert of the SWR Vokalensemble on March 21, 2023 in 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 are the focus of the second project phase together with KlangForum Heidelberg e. V.. Under the artistic direction of Nelly Sautter and Magdalena Erhard, the Classic Scouts are intensively engaged on the one hand with various works of the Ligeti 100 festival focus, and on the other hand with Ligeti as an extraordinary personality. 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 "Hörerlebnisselt" - for the Heidelberger Frühling audience 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 are also QR codes at each concert venue for direct dialing.

The live moment: In the concert of the KlangForum Heidelberg on April 5, 2023 in the parish church of St. Paul Boxberg, the creative work of the Classic Scouts can also be experienced on site in the context of a special attunement. Allow yourself to get surprised!

Project participants are 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.

We thank