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Heidy Zimmermann Paul Sacher Stiftung, Münsterplatz 4, CH–4051 Basel, Switzerland

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Abstract

The code word “Kylwiria” was mentioned by György Ligeti from time to time since the 1970s. At first, it functioned rather abstractly as a working title for the opera that had been in the making since the mid-1960s and eventually mutated into Le Grand Macabre. Later, Ligeti also shared details about the imaginary land of his childhood, providing glimpses of brightly colored maps of that land and underscoring the importance of his childlike fantasy world. This article explores the dimensions of this “private mythology” and its impact on the composer's creative thinking and work. Its documentary evidence – the description of the land of Kylwiria recorded in 1950 in a booklet of more than 70 pages – is presented in examples and examinated for its particularities. On the one hand, it seems that the pioneering exploration of geographical spaces is transferred as a model to the creative exploration of sound spaces. On the other hand, Ligeti's concept of a fantastic counterworld is to be seen in a literary and cultural-historical context, in which it is to be located somewhere between expedition report, travel guide and utopian design. Such an outline sharpens the meaning of Kylwiria as a cipher for creativity in a characteristic mixture of ratio and fantasy.

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  • Zimmermann, Heidy.From Kylwiria to Breughelland: Concepts and Preliminary Stages on the Way to Le Grand Macabre,” in Thanatos in Contemporary Music: From the Tragic to the Grotesque, ed. by Bianca Ţiplea Temeş and Hermann Danuser (Cluj-Napoca: MediaMusica, 2022), 239268.

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