Ligeti: Musica ricercata n°2

Duration : 4 minutes

Bertrand Chamayou performs "Musica ricercata n°2" by György Ligeti for solo piano (encore). Concert recorded live on 16 March 2019 at the Radio France Auditorium, in Paris.

Musica ricercata, composed between 1951 and 1953, is one of \1's early works. The Romanian-born Hungarian composer lived under Soviet rule, thus unable to discover the music of Western composers: his contemporaries and sources of inspiration were \1and \1. Searching for his own personal style, the 12 works from Ligeti's Musica ricercata take on the form of a study. Each movement uses a specific number of notes, the first using only two, the second only three, the third four etc. 

The second movement, Mesto, rigido e cerimoniale, is used as the main leitmotiv in Stanley Kubrick's Eyes Wide Shut, establishing a constant atmosphere of oppression. Two notes separated by a semitone (E sharp and F sharp), are played alternately while the third note, the G, pierces through like "a knife through Stalin's heart" (as described by the politically-active composer himself). 

Concert, from "The Shining" to "2001: A Space Odyssey"
Full concert
From "The Shining" to "2001: A Space Odyssey"
Maison de la Radio, Paris
György Ligeti
All artists
  • Bertrand ChamayouPerformer