Ligeti, in good company - MIKAMO concert (23 April 2023, Budapest)

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23 April 2023 18:00

Budapest Music Center


Ligeti, in good company

Concert of the MIKAMO Central European Chamber Orchestra


Hans Abrahamsen: Liebeslied

Jana Kmit'ova: Gesichtsstudien

György Kurtág: Brefs messages

György Ligeti: Melodien

György Ligeti (Hans Abrahamsen): Ar-en-ciel

György Ligeti (Hans Abrahamsen): En Suspens

Carlo Gesualdo di Venosa: Moro lasso

Jonathan Harvey: Climbing Frame

Conlon Nancarrow: Study for Player Piano No. 5

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia in g moll - K 550 - I - Soundpainting

Johannes Ockeghem: Deo Gratias


MIKAMO Central European Chamber Orchestra

Guest ensemble: Quasars Ensemble (SK)

Conducted by Ajtony Csaba


Our concert, celebrating the 100th anniversary of György Ligeti’s birthday, is an immersive journey through compositions of Ligeti and further compositions related to him.

Creative disruption is a concept that would apply to the integral work of György Ligeti. His seminal compositions flip aesthetic propositions and topoi that had existed in vastly different temporal, geographic and stylistic dimensions.  Unrelated otherwise, the referential propositions form a continuum through Ligeti, and it is through his work that the disperse and multifarious propositions emerge as attributes of a new canon. 

Conlon Nancarrow’s compositions for player piano moved Ligeti to say that they are “the best music by any living composer of today”. Nancarrow’s Studies for Player Piano inspired everything Ligeti has written after 1980, tonight you will hear the orchestration of No. 5 from the series.

Before Ligeti, densely superimposed musical elements could form a homogenous sound, however, after Ligeti the sound, often the sound mass itself becomes an atomic element of the music, with all sorts of supersaturated things making out its texture.  In search for a composition method to provide texture for sound masses of a spider web quality, he developed the technique of micropolyphony in dialogue with the renaissance polyphony by taking Ockeghem as my model and adopting his ‘varietas’ principle, where the voices are similar without being identical.

Ligeti’s music is such a referential point for his disciples as well, and so our concert features two Ligeti piano études in the orchestration of his student, Hans Abrahamsen, along with one of his own compositions. Jana Kmit'ova’s compositions are directly related to the musical heritage of Ligeti and offer a dynamic approach to the concept of sound mass.

The MIKAMO Central European Chamber Orchestra was founded by critically acclaimed graduates of the Viennese University of Music and Performing Arts in 2007. The ensemble considers concerts as Gesamtkunstwerk and regards historic music repertory as the extrapolation of new works from our time. While dedicated to living composers and the repertory of current music, MIKAMO also promotes artistic continuity in definition of a Central European musical heritage by regularly performing in defining concert halls of Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Central Europe in general. In this concert, they host the Quasars Ensemble from Bratislava, Slovakia.

The concert is organized by the Sonus Foundation for the Support of New Music and Contemporary Performing Arts and the ArTRIUM Festival of the Bartók Radio, with the support of the National Cooperation Fund, the Austrian Cultural Forum, and the Slovakian Institute.

More information and tickets here.


Photo credit: Co Broerse