Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Order and Disorder in Life and Music as Reflected in György Ligeti’s Piano Étude No. 1
by Cheng, Susan L., D.M.A., University of Hartford, 2019, 104; 27667090
Abstract (Summary)

Among György Ligeti’s works for solo piano, the Études pour piano remain his most important composition. Among the influences found in Ligeti’s Études are the polymetric rhythmic pulsations of the music of Central Africa, the complex mechanical piano music of Conlon Nancarrow, and iterative processes seen in chaos theory and Mandelbrot’s fractals. Ligeti used these ideas to create a musically and organizationally complex piece which presents considerable challenges both listener and performer. This project will apply different methodologies in an effort to better understand the rhythmic complexities and structural considerations of Étude No.1: Désordre, with particular attention, as suggested by the title itself, paid to elements of order and disorder. A historical biography will provide requisite background understanding of Ligeti's life, work and influences leading toward the composition of the Études.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Schiano, Michael J.
Commitee: Mori, Akane, Rutman, Paul, Francis, Margreet, Smith, Larry Alan
School: University of Hartford
Department: Music
School Location: United States -- Connecticut
Source: DAI-A 82/2(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Music, Music history, Music theory
Keywords: Désordre, Disorder, Etudes, Ligeti, Piano, Polyrhythm
Publication Number: 27667090
ISBN: 9798664746068
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