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A passacaglia is a set of variations written upon a theme called the “ground” which is constantly repeated. Moreover, they are alienated by the systematic transposition of some of their notes and phrases, while their characteristic melodic and rhythmic features, as well as their strophic structure are retained. In both works, elements of Hungarian folk music are mixed with distant musical styles and idioms the chaconne and passacaglia tradition, elements of jazz and rock, Balkan and Caribbean rhythms.

Gyorgy Ligeti: Passacaglia Ungherese | Ken Thomson

This article focuses on the “Hungarianness” of the two pieces, a feature that is ostentatiously emphasized by their titles, analyzing which features can be regarded as Hungarian, how these are related to other, culturally more distant, references, and what role they are playing within the pieces. Home Journals Magyar Zene Vol. At times it seems as though the harpsichord’s resonant, clangorous characteristic is being used to create piles of natural overtones of the sounding strings while notes which are alien to the hanging cloud of notes are sounded, creating a sour effect.


Tags pastiche composers gyorgy ligeti national identity hungarian music harpsichord music. The theme in this case liveti a slowly walking theme of rising and falling contours, which is rather monotonous in itself.

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Share on facebook twitter tumblr. Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully. The variations on it take the form ligrti short, overlapping motives, including one with a clearly folk-inspired “Hungarian snap” an accented first short note on the beat followed by a longer note, it is common also in Scots folk music.

But Ligeti’s melodies do not so much imitate specific folk songs as abstract melodic types.

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Passacaglia Ungherese, for harpsichord

AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Magyar ZeneVol. Sexy Trippy All Moods. As I point out, both pieces contain a number of “mistuned” Hungarian folk song imitations.


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Music of Our Time Special Edition. These motives pile up on each other resulting in wild harmonic clashes. View it in the Music Periodicals Database. passacglia