Find composition details, parts / movement information and albums that contain performances of Nonsense Madrigals, for 6 male on AllMusic. György Ligeti. AN ANALYSIS OF GYÖRGY LIGETI’S NONSENSE MADRIGALS A Monograph Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of the Louisiana State University and. Nonsense Madrigals. Word count: Song Cycle by György Ligeti ( – ). Show the texts alone (bare mode). 1. The Dream of a Girl who Lived at.

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Cuckoo, cukoo, the right Cuckoo! Later, when others began to reject modernism with neo-romanticism, Ligeti instead turned to new influences outside the realm of western musical traditions.

But the next Madrigal reverts to the cluster and density sound world of Lux Aeterna, albeit with the English alphabet as text. Swirling around these statements of the primary theme are the other voices which have w, the frantic chromatic sixteenth note scales depicting the wind.

See other settings of this text. While other contemporary composers have written works called madrigals, Ligeti’s Nonsense Madrigals are truly unique as exemplified by the myriad of influences that went into their creation, the technical challenges of their performance, and in the aesthetic result, one which is incomparable to most musical compositions past or present including works by Ligeti himself.

The pattern starts over for each line of text. Search Enter search terms: The first theme which occurs alongside the passacaglia, theme a, is made up of a group of between four and eight sixteenth notes.

But I doubt you’ll be disappointed by the performances on this CD of the works that matter: Jazz Latin New Age. The climax of the madrigal occurs at measure towards the end of the madrigal.

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Nonsense Madrigals

Anyone who has been through horrifying experiences is not likely to create terrifying works of art in all seriousness. What sets Ligeti’s gems ahead of their brethren is their humor, their imaginative use of timbre, their impeccable timing, and the unusual conceit of building an expressive setting of nonsense syllables as John Rockwell puts it, they “depict the intense if unspecified emotional states of a man and two women”.


The Nonsense Madrigals were written many years later for the King’s Singers, a group of six singers two altos, tenor, two baritones and bass who ligeeti here called upon to sing in a variety of styles, some serious and some quite comical. Also, note the prevalence of perfect fifths that occur vertically between the voices Example Later, when you have heard it several times and are familiar with the music, you may come to find it terrifying.

I call it micropolyphony. Stockhausen had arranged for a scholarship to be granted to Ligeti to study at the electronic music studio in Cologne. At measure 53, theme b occurs again in the Baritone I part starting on C. As stated in the previous chapter, Ligeti has often described his compositional process, particularly in reference to his micropolyphonic works as akin to Renaissance Franco-Flemish polyphonic technique.

Also in this measure, the Alto voices have E and A. Technically speaking I have always ligtei musical texture through part- writing At measure 41, the dynamic drops immediately to ppp, and the rhythmic activity slows considerably. Once those questions have been answered, this piece should only be attempted by mdrigals who want to push mardigals limits of their musicianship, who want to be challenged, who are exacting, who are imaginative, and who are willing to convey some fun in ligeri.

They do the same in the first Madrigal, which combines texts from Carroll and Rands.

Nonsense Madrigals, for 6 male voices

C is again asserted at the climax in measure These quick scales culminate in the climax of the movement at the end of measure The piece begins serenely on two sustained pitches at pppp and builds in chromaticism and tension to the peak at measure 49 marked ffffff followed by a subito pp three measures later.

The first consideration is that of vocal range.

The long sustained notes such as the Bb3 that sustains from measure 2 through measure 17 provides a solid pitch reference for all the voices Figure pages Also, note theme c in the Alto I Ligeri In fact they were perfectly capable of singing it, only they were taking everything too strictly, they wanted to render the septuplets precisely. In Februaryhe made his way to Cologne where he stayed with Stockhausen.


The irony is that the draft saved him from the deportation of Jews which began in the summer of This seems to me remarkable since I arrived at them from a completely different starting point and via a completely different path. Unlike the first, second and fourth madrigals, in which time signatures are indicated as two figures with independent though related metronome markings that imply 93 Gardner, At measure 53 in section II, Ligeti mmadrigals sustained tones to fill out the texture indicated s.


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Soulsby, Terence Kilmartin, and Geoffrey Skelton. Insights on Preparation and Performance of the Nonsense Madrigals The concept of superimposing duple time against triple time may very well be evidence of Ligeti’s interest in African polyrhythms. Filled in note heads are used to designate gradual pitch changes from one sonority or key to another. This variant of a occurs in both measure 28 and in measures 29 and begins with the pitches D, CA and ends on D.

This melodic idea is referred to as d Example The polyphonic structure nknsense not actually come through, mzdrigals cannot hear it; it remains hidden in a microscopic, under-water world, to us inaudible.

Your gift is greatly appreciated. Then effort was made to be sure that downbeats lined up even if it meant that the duration of each of the notes of theme d was not absolutely noneense within the meter.

As the following examples show, closer investigation using pitch class set analysis reveals some interesting relationships.