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György Kurtág

(b. 1926)


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(b Lugoj, Romania, 1926).

Romanian‐born composer (Hung. cit. 1948). Worked as tutor at Bartók mus. sch., Budapest, 1958–63 and as coach of Nat. Philharmonia 1960–8. Prof. of pf., later of chamber mus., Budapest Acad. 1967–86. Beginning as a disciple of Bartók and Kodály, he later was influenced by Webernian serialism. Works incl.:

orch. (& voice):

va. conc. (1954);

4 Capriccios

, Op.9, sop., chamber ens. (1971);

Messages of the late Miss R. V. Troussova

, Op.17, sop., chamber ens. (1976–80);

… quasi una fantasia …

, Op.27, No.1, pf., instr. (1987–8);

Grabstein für Stefan

, Op.15c, gui., instr. (1989); double conc., Op.27, No.2, pf., vc., 2 chamber ens. (1989–90);

Samuel Beckett: What is the Word

, Op.30b, alto (recit.), vv., chamber ens. (1991);

Stele

(1994);…concertante…, vn., va., orch. (2003).

chamber music:

str. qt., Op.1 (1959); wind quintet, Op.2 (1959);

8 Duos

, Op.4, vn., cimbalon (1961);

The Sayings of Péter Bornemisza

, Op.7, sop., pf. (1963–8);

In memory of a Winter Sunset

, Op.8, sop., vn., cimbalon (1969);

4 Songs to Poems by János Pilinszky

, Op.11, bass or bass‐bar., chamber ens. (1975);

S.K. Remembrance Noise

, Op.12, sop., vn. (1975);

In memoriam György Zilcz

, 2 tpt., 2 tb., tuba (1975);

Hommage à András Mihály

, Op.13, str. qt. (1977);

Microludes

, str. qt. (1977);

Herdecker Eurythmie

(Op.14a, fl., tenor lyre, Op.14b, vn., tenor lyre, Op.14c, spkr., tenor lyre) (1979);

Bagatelles

, Op.14d, fl., pf., db. (1981);

The Little Predicament

, Op.15b, picc., tb., gui. (1978);

Scenes from a Novel

, Op.19, sop., vn., db., cimbalon (1981–2);

Attila‐József Fragments

, Op.20, sop. (1981);

7 Songs

, Op.22, sop., cimbalon (or pf.) (1981);

13 Pieces for Cimbalon

, 2 cimbalons (1982);

Kafka‐Fragmente

, Op.24, sop., vn. (1985–6);

3 Old Inscriptions

, Op.25, sop., pf. (1986);

Requiem for the beloved

, Op.26, sop., pf. (1986–7);

Officium Breve in memoriam Andreae Szervánszky

, Op.28, str. qt. (1988–9);

Hölderlin: An …

, Op.29, ten., pf. (1988–9);

Samuel Beckett: What is the Word

, Op.30, vn., pf. (1990, see Orch. above);

Ligatura—Message to Frances Marie (the Answered Unanswered Question)

, Op.31b, vc. with 2 bows, 2 vn., cel. or 2 vc., 2 vn., cel. or 2 org., cel. (or upright pf.) (1989);

Hommage à R. Sch.

, Op.15d, cl., va., pf. (1990);

Trio Movement

, pf. trio (2005).

instr. solos:

Suite

, pf. duet (1950–1);

8 Piano Pieces

, Op.3 (1960);

Signs

, Op.5, va. (1961);

Splinters

, Op.6b, cimbalon (1973), Op.6c, pf. (1973);

Pre‐Games

, pf. (1973);

Games

, pf., in 4 books (1973–6);

János Pilinszky: Gérard de Nerval

, vc. (1986);

Message to Frances‐Marie

, Op.31a, vc. with 2 bows (1989);

3 in memoriam

, pf. (1–2–3 hands) (1988–90);

Ligature e Versetti

, org. (1990).

choral:

Beads

(1950–1);

Omaggio a Luigi Nono

, Op.16 (1979);

8 Choruses

, Op.23 (1981/2–84);

Songs of Despair and Sorrow

, ch., orch. (1994).

tape:

Mémoire de Laïka

, synthesizers and real sounds (joint work of Kurtág and G. Kurtág jnr.) (1990).

Subjects: Music.


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