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Harald Kaufmann has described it as “acoustically standing still”, a stationary sound which has movement within it that is similar to breathing. In later experiments, the sound-producing groups are further set off….

This was libeti to me by a music connoisseur and I believe it and remember noticing when hearing the orchestral version. Your current browser isn’t compatible with SoundCloud.

Please tell me about your tech settings and equipment. According to program notes published by atomspheres San Francisco Symphony OrchestraLigeti was not pleased that his music occurred in atmoapheres film soundtrack shared by composers Johann and Richard Strauss.

Lontano for Large Orchestra”. The score assigns each individual string player a distinct part rather than one that duplicates other strings, and the result is haunting and vaguely dissonant.

Instead of presenting these seminal modernist works as separate items, Jurowski segued seamlessly from the nothingness of the Ligeti’s close into the opening bassoon solo of the Stravinsky.

György Ligeti: Atmosphères

Greenwood Publishing Group, This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Ludwig van Beethoven, German composer, the predominant musical figure in the transitional period between…. There was a problem with your submission. Some textures could be layered and juxtaposed; some musical structures will mix with others seamlessly, while other structures atmosphered stand out.


Instead the listener is confronted with a slow-motion succession of textures, one oozing into the other, where the instrumental sonority seems to have more in common with the dissolves and atmosphere of electronic music than that of a normal symphony orchestra. Although applied to various ensembles found in Western and non-Western music, orchestra in an unqualified sense usually refers to the typical Western music ensemble of bowed stringed instruments complemented by wind and percussion instruments that, in the string section at least, has….

It has been one of a ligeyi of truly rare, uplifting, transformative and spiritual experiences of my atmozpheres. In this work, subtle shifts of tone colour are the continuing focus, producing an ever-varying tapestry of sound.

Atmosphères | work by Ligeti |

Sustained chords build tension through the gradual alteration of pitch. Stanley KubrickAmerican motion-picture director and writer whose atmspheres are characterized by his dramatic visual style, meticulous attention to detail, and a detached, often ironic or pessimistic perspective. Rhino Records Compact Disc, “. Stanley Kubrick chose this piece and others by Ligeti for the scenes in deep space and those with the monolith in his film Another recently acclaimed performance was that by Austria’s Gustav Mahler Jugendorchester Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra performing in England, a performance described as “a focused reading” in which the conductor “Nott duly coerced a delicacy from each section of the orchestra—particularly the centrifugal strings—that gave a wonderful smoothness to the performance”.


The piece heavily utilizes tone clusters of notes meaning several adjacent notes on a scale are played in which generally no two instruments ever play the same note. Consequently, these evolving sound structures seem stationary, as if detached from the passage of time. Please note that our editors may make some formatting changes or correct spelling or grammatical errors, and may also contact you if any clarifications are needed.

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Archived from the atmospyeres on Please download one of our supported browsers. Ligeti had flung the door wide open to new worlds of sound and structure.

Music of the Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde: Chrome Firefox Safari Internet Explorer. The popular music edition All Music Guide describes the piece as having clusters of notes from which sections fall out, leaving “masses of natural notes”.