Sheet Music – £ – Gyorgy Ligeti’s Lux Aeterna, for Voice mixed chorus acappella. Duration: 9 minutes. Published by Edition Peters. Lux Aeterna sheet music – SATB choir (a cappella voice mixed chorus) sheet music by Gyorgy Ligeti: Edition Peters. Shop the World’s Largest Sheet Music. Lux Aeterna () by Gyorgy Ligeti is a single movement composition of about .. It is only by seeing the capital D in the score that one can tell the difference.

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SATB choir a cappella voice mixed chorus – Difficulty: It is derived completely from the melodic line shown in Example 5. Close X Music Lists. It is con structed using strict pitch imitation as well as word imitation.

Lux Aeterna

Block 3A lies below 3B and 30 in pitch range with no overlap. It is taken from the text of block 5A.

For example, in the fourth syllable, “ae”, Alto 2’s duration is only an eighth note whereas Alto 4’s duration exceeds eight quarter note beats. The quarter note beat is often divided into 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 parts giving a total of 12 possible articu lation points in each beat.

Note that the neighbor motion cells found in block 1 are also present in this line. I was very pleased with my order. The A is the most.

Lux Aeterna (Ligeti) – Wikipedia

The word being sung is “luceat” which means “let shine”. One does not aurally identify it with the homophonic blocks 2 and 4.

The ending of block 3A is a aaeterna ending with the basses leaving the texture first in order to be able to re-enter at block 4. Maestro Ligeti can make you feel of traveling into the outer space. Music Lists are as unique as the musician! There is an alto If’ marking in the low register that the com poser says should sound as loud as a tenor or soprano ‘ p ‘. Block 3C bars appears simultaneously with block 3B, using the same text, but is different in pitch content and canonic structure.


This type of staggered ending cannot be considered homophonic in spite of the preceding sustained material. It is only by seeing the capital D in the score that one can tell the difference between the two. These are due to the gradual addition scode voices, expansion of pitch range and especially the addition acore the high A to the otherwise midrange texture.

As Ligeti says “a kind of talea structure, not a rigid one as in the isorhythmic motets, but a kind of ‘elastic’ talea” 2 is used to order durational values. Another contrast with other polyphonic sections of this piece is that this block begins simultaneously with the same syllable sung with three lkx instead of one. One might consider the three note cell found in Example to be the dominant 7th chord of the F starting pitch of the piece.

All parts gradually fade, and the piece ends with seven bars of silence. Therefore it is heard as a ‘ p ‘ level. Here, 5B has the function of highlighting that particular word from block 5A. The three pitches scoore simultaneously and are the basis of three independent canonic strata within the same textural block see Example 7B. This has been one of my favorite works of Ligeti’s since I first heard it in ” The three pitches of the first chord of block 4 sound like ligetu A 7th chord.


This may word- painting representing the composer’s interpretation of the text. We’ll instantly send an email containing product info and a link to it. It turns out that neither is a central pitch but function as pitches which precede the final F and G of the piece.

All arterna sections are singing aeterba by bar 64 the polyphony has arrived at a totally neutralized cluster in which no pitch center can be found.

The words of the text are also treated canonically. A repeating three note cell, C-G-B flat, is used to set a ten syllable line of text see Example 7a. There appears to be some subtle wordpainting here. Please do not use inappropriate language, including profanity, vulgarity, or obscenity. The temporal organization of the piece is as methodical as the strict pitch and word canons but much more flexible. Unlike block 2, there is harmonic motion in block 4 see Example 8.

They can also enter simultaneously on the same pitch and then continue with the rest of the melodic line in staggered fashion, thus creating a canonic internal texture following a simultaneous attack. The words “lux aeterna luceat eis” mean “may eternal light shine on them.

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