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György Ligeti and his wife Vera left Budapest by train on 10 December 1956, in the wake of the Soviet quelling of the Hungarian uprising. After crossing the Austrian border on foot under dangerous circumstances through the night of 11 and 12

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The poetry of Sándor Weöres (1913–1989) was a life-long passion and source of inspiration for György Ligeti. He was 23 when he wrote his first Weöres settings, and 77 when he composed his last ones; but perhaps even more telling is the fact that

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this process through an emphasis on its nature as unrationalized sound. Music is always both … . 4 György Ligeti is known for his defence of musical modernism and its values, 5 as well as his unequivocal statements on the autonomy of music and its

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not between the primary theme and a (non-existing) closing theme but it ends the exposition. György Ligeti's description in his introductory text to the pocket score 6 correctly marks the three sections simply as “first

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Recollecting his youth, which was shared with György Ligeti, in 1993 György Kurtág recounted his compulsory folk music studies at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest as follows: Hungarian folk music was [a] compulsory [subject] for all students at

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