Monk Mink Pink Punk #9

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Gyorgy Ligeti is of course a Master composer, and his individuality and inventiveness has inspired countless musicians and listeners over the years. Like many people, I first came into contact with his work through a certain science fiction movie which I saw at the age of 6, in 1975 or so. I don't know how much of that film I understood at the time, nor if I even concieved that the astonishing music existed seperately from the film, so closely intwined the music and visuals were. After college, I retunred to Ligeti's music while intensely searching for my own voice as a musician. And recently, I began a more thorough exploration of his music and thinking.
Most primary information, interviews, on Ligeti is in German. There is one book of four interviews published in English. There are three major books about him published in English, which I list in order of importance: Richard Steinitz's "Gyorgy Ligeti: Music of the Imagination," and then books by Richard Toop and Paul Griffith.
Online, there is little primary information in English. This project collects English interviews from out of print publications, as well as translating two interviews from the French for the first time. I hope you the Reader find this information as worthwhile as I have, as worthwhile as Mr. Ligeti's music has been to me.
-Josh Ronsen
May 18th, 2004 in Austin, Texas, USA
joshronsen (at) yahoo.com
http://ronsen.org

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