“A new kind of music starting from nothing.”
—György Ligeti on his keyboard masterwork Musica Ricercata
Explore Ligeti’s Hungarian Jewish origins and rhythmic influences, from Béla Bartók to the folk music of Transylvania. The program begins with the fantastically inventive Musica Ricercata, a piece that graced Stanley Kubrick’s film Eyes Wide Shut, and ends with a soaring work set to Sephardic Jewish poetry by one of Ligeti’s greatest pupils, Roberto Sierra.
György Ligeti: Musica Ricercata for solo piano
Transylvanian folk music
Béla Bartók: String Quartet No. 2, Sz. 67
Ligeti: Cello Sonata
Roberto Sierra: Songs from the Diaspora for soprano, piano, and string quartet