How thoroughly György Ligeti thought through the traditional lines of musical genres can be heard especially in his second string quartet of 1969, in whose immense expressive spectrum central statements by Wolfgang A. Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Béla Bartók and Alban Berg. Ligeti's solutions are as original as they are uncompromising: in place of the scherzo, here is a pizzicato piece whose sophisticated pulse superimpositions are meant to run "like a precision mechanism." Quartets by Leoš Janácek and Béla Bartók relate Ligeti to the creative awakenings of the early 20th century.
Concert with intermission
Duration approx. 1,5 hours
Notenschlüssel: Concert introduction of the Freundeskreis at 4 p.m. on Ligeti's cultural imprints and Béla Bartók's influences on Ligeti by the students Daniela Marxen and Ayana Kehr (Musicology Department of Heidelberg University). Direction and moderation: Prof. Dr. Christoph Flamm.