Canal March

Ligety's Arc-en-ciel

Imri Talgam, piano

György Ligeti: Arc-en-ciel from Piano Etudes (Book no. 1 no. 5)

György Ligeti was fascinated by the prints of M. C. Escher, whom he met in 1974. The Hungarian composer transferred the apparently infinite geometrical interlacing, progressive transformation and simultaneous universes such as those that inhabit Escher’s world into sound. The evanescent sonorities of his étude Arc-en-ciel, which evoke Debussy and Messiaen, and the characteristic swing that reflects the influence of Bill Evans, seem to connect with the impossible and oneiric spatiality of the print Another World-II.

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