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Ligeti , György Sándor (1923-2006)
Six Bagatelles for wind quintet

Movements:
Allegro con spirito
Rubato – Lamento
Allegro grazioso
Presto Ruvido
Adagio – Mesto (Béla Bartók in Memorium)
Molto Vivace - Capriccioso

Performances:


Mar 16, 2008



Jennifer Clippert, Flute
Erica Anderson, Oboe
Barbara Drapcho, Clarinet
Collin Anderson, Bassoon
Jeremiah Frederick, Horn


Mar 17, 2008



Jennifer Clippert, Flute
Erica Anderson, Oboe
Barbara Drapcho, Clarinet
Collin Anderson, Bassoon
Jeremiah Frederick, Horn

LIGETI-Six Bagatelles for wind quintet

Composed in 1953

BACKGROUND
Like many other Eastern European composers -- Dvořák, Janáček, Bartók, Kodály -- Hungary's György Ligeti was strongly influenced by folk music. This can be heard in his Bagatelles, along with the interest in formal and tonal experimentation that made him a leading figure in the musical avant-garde. The Bagatelles originated in the early 1950s as piano pieces, 11 in number, the first restricted to just two notes of the chromatic scale, the last one using all 12 notes. The ones he chose to arrange for wind quintet in 1953 use four, six, eight, nine, 10, and 11 notes.

MUSIC
Wind Bagatelle #1 alternates between the triads of C Major and C Minor. The second one, in contrast, is a highly dissonant elaboration of a folk-like melody. Another folkish tune dominates Bagatelle #3, in which unusual instrumental tone qualities are explored: the flute, for instance, sounds in a lower register than the oboe. The fourth Bagatelle, in the complex meter of 7/8, is reminiscent of Bartók, and Bagatelle #5 is subtitled Béla Bartók in Memoriam. It presents, once again, a folk-derived theme, spiked with dissonant harmonies. The sixth Bagatelle is the liveliest one, its colors enriched and brightened by the use of a piccolo in addition to the flute. The metrical pace of this highly-charged finale undergoes constant changes.

Program Notes by Andrea Lamoreaux

Performance date: March 16 & 17, 2008



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