György Ligeti: String Quartet No. 1, Metamorphoses Nocturnes, By The Hermès Quartet
A string quartet in four movements, composed in 1953.
Having been made most famous by writing this first String Quartet, György Ligeti became the heir to the 20th century Hungarian classical composer Béla Bartók. Entitled Metamorphoses Nocturnes, Ligeti's work was inspired by the omnipresent feeling of twilight in his life. The allegro grazioso succeeds the andante tranquillo, finishing with an allegretto a poco giovale and a subito allegro con moto. Composed three years before the Budapest uprising, the score of the Quartet is full of Bartókian influence.
- Quatuor HermèsInstrumental ensemble