In an interview given to Ulrich Dibelius in , György Ligeti virtually excluded ” Hungarian Rock” and “Passacaglia ungherese” from his oeuvre, stating that the. Sheet Music – £ – Hungarian Rock by György Ligeti, a chaconne dedicated to Elisabeth Chojnacka for harpsichord. Premiered 20 May, in Köln, WDR. Hungarian Rock (Chaconne) Lyrics: Instrumental. Hungarian Rock (Chaconne) . György Ligeti Written By György Ligeti. Release Date January 1,

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Red — dissonant point. The work, lasting about five minutes, is in a two-part form. There also can be an A diminished triad sometimes and once a C minor flat five harmonization. In the words “a chord pattern is repeated” you have the basis of a reference to rock music, for just that kind of structure hnugarian often used in rock and in jazz, too, for that matter.

The triad G—A—C is harmonized as the A major dominant chord most of the time. At the same time, it produces sound which is very similar to the hungraian of a guitar.

Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Measures in the coda are divided according to the number of the chords, written on the bottom line. But Ligeti’s melodies do not so much imitate specific folk songs tock abstract melodic types.

View it in the Music Periodicals Database. Sometimes there is B in the melody, which can be interpreted as B major dominant.

The difference between rocck the melody and the bass line are written. I would say that there are 5 beats in the accompaniment but not four as it is highlighted in the time signature, because Ligeti changes diads or triads in the bottom every beat, according to the rhythmic pattern. Perhaps Ligeti aimed to show that something cannot be rejected because it has a negative connotation and later on rpck may earn artistic value.

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Also, it is quite a rock feature that the melody can be in dissonance with the chord progression though, perhaps, it may apply to chaconne too as it was an improvisational popular genre, but one liegti only research the written down late examples of the genre. Measures 82 — Value Discourses in Progressive Rock Fanzines. Magyar ZeneVol. Measures 63 — The chaconne was a popular dance and song in the 16th and 17th centuries and was considered immoral popular music rrock that time.


One of the features of rock music is that performers usually improvise, and it is appreciated if a performer is able to liggeti virtuoso passages 8. The triad F—Ab—Db is harmonized as Db major in the first part of the piece more frequently and as Bb minor in the second part of the piece more frequently.

The chaconne features are the four-measure ostinato chord progression and the ostinato bass line, repeated every measure, which stay the same hungaroan the whole piece except the coda.

Measures — As there are measures with the same rhythmic pattern and pitches are repeated again each four measures, there are 44 repetitions of the same musical idea. In this motive only the length of the notes and the pauses change.

Later on, more and more notes appear, based on the smooth changes of the theme with the adding of G, A, and F in the third holding of ostinato bass and complex fast passages or chord progressions in the end of the piece.

For example, measure has 11 quarter notes or 22 eighth notes in the upper line and 8 quarter notes in the bottom line. The second part ceases the rhythmic idea, and serenely presents a chord progression.

The other reason is that the melody goes in the pitch set that does not meet pitches of a hungairan, for example a half step higher or lower than the pitches in the chord. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. This diad is also harmonized as G augmented and E minor.

Sometimes dissonance appears when there is a delay in the melody or when the melody notes go in advance, before the change of the chord in the bass line. Ligeti was not the first musician who tried to unite rock with classical in the meaning of anything that is not modern genres. In the end of the piece, for example, in the last two patterns, there are only three instances in which the melody has the same pitches as in the chords, 17 chords with pitches in the melody which finish the chord, and 23 dissonant points, including delays and discrepancy between the melody and the bass line.


Tags pastiche composers gyorgy ligeti national identity hungarian music harpsichord music. Now it can be shown which features of the piece are typical for both the genre of chaconne and the style of rock.

Click here to sign up. Home Journals Magyar Zene Vol. I strongly believe that the choice of the genre and the instrument was made by Ligeti not randomly, and that Ligeti found similarities between rock music and chaconne, which seem to be so different at the first glance. I will show what the rock features are, what the chaconne features are, and what features can be considered the features of both rock and chaconne. Introspection Late Night Partying.

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This phenomenon of combination of what seems incongruous is one of the features of postmodern culture. Considering the upper voice, I want to show how the pitch pattern of the melody changes throughout the piece. The piece has a subtitle Chaconne. Hungarian Rock is written for harpsichord, for two manuals at liget same time.

In both works, elements of Hungarian folk music are mixed with distant musical styles and idioms the chaconne and passacaglia tradition, elements of jazz and rock, Balkan and Caribbean rhythms. On the upper line of the score the melody is written.