Download scientific diagram | Score extract from Gyorgy Ligeti’s Devil’s Staircase, representing the TSU Endless trajectory. Reprinted with kind permission of. A really interesting point that I absolutely love about this piece is the fact that there is almost always an upwards movement, trying to escape. So this week I decided to study “The Devil’s Staircase”, by Hungarian composer, Gyorgy Ligeti. The piece is heavily technically difficult as well.

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In stave 3, the bass takes on the role of being a percussive driving force. We intend to keep liigeti record of our study, thinking and compositional projects to document our work, show the world outside what we do and invite comment. This is a blog for staff and students in the Composition Program at Monash University. I remember having the same P.

The piece continues in this way — ascending for vast periods of musical time, then returning down again, instantaneously. For me, the images created within this piece, are generated by the use of the initial leaps of 2 octaves and a 6th — perfectly imitating the physically disjunctive motion of walking up the stairs.

Études (Ligeti)

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With ten fingers, the pianist plays up devkl seven different layers, each with its own tempo, dynamics and tone colour. Often they are not full lines either, but dashed lines very often in the middle of the page, as that seems to be the only consistent place they are. Email required Address never made public.


Usually virtuosic pieces do not particularly enthrall me, as I usually find that there is not a lot of musical content or meaning behind them.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. There is a very consistent and constant pulse throughout the piece, other than three moments of incredible mood change.

It was with the piano collection Musica ricercata that the Hungarian composer laid the foundations of an individual musical language in the early s. Email required Address never made public. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

The very consistent and constant pulse throughout the piece remains intact, as the highest notes are played at extreme dynamic levels, when, all of a sudden, this consistency is destroyed, with a sudden shift to a very long and slow bass chord played at the lower extreme of the instrumental range.

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You are commenting using your Twitter account. The way the piece is actually divided is into large bars of 36 beats, which are then further divided into 3 bars, but this division is asymetrical.

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Here, each of the pianist’s hands seems to be moving in a different space. It also demonstrates the composers interest in American minimal music. You are commenting using your Facebook account.


As the piece goes on, the ascending sections reach higher and higher closer and closer out of hell? Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Here the composer restricts his musical material — with the exception of the final bars — to a single note: Haydn — Symphony No. A great listen, I recommend.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: This site uses cookies. Ligeti also gives the player copious playing notes, mainly to explain staircass of his more eccentric notation and ideas. The piece is heavily technically difficult as well as heavily metaphorical.

Chopin, Liszt, Debussy eevil others composed piano etudes that concentrated on specific intervals e. Any way I could ask for a copy of the score? By the last third of the first stave, the piece still moves polymetrically up and down the piano, but the intervals begin to narrow, and as a result, this subtly thickens the texture.

Ligeti was a piano player, ligehi is clear from some of the incredible dexterities required of the piano player.