György Ligeti

Atmosphères

Title
Atmosphères
Subtitle
for large orchestra
Duration
9:00
Number of performers
89
Instrumentation
4 (4th also pic.) · 4 · 4 (4th also cl. in Eb) · 3 · cbn. - 6 · 4 · 4 · 1 - pf. (performed by 2 percussionists) - str. (14 · 14 · 10 · 10 · 8)
Composition year(s)
1961
World premiere
1961-10-22

Donaueschingen (Germany) · SWF Symphony Orchestra · conductor: Hans Rosbaud

Dedication
In memoriam Mátyás Seiber
Commissioner
Südwestfunk Baden-Baden
Audio
Copyright

György Ligeti: The Ligeti Project © 2016 Warner Classics 0825646028580

Comment of the composer on the work

Atmosphères was first performed in Donaueschingen in October 1961. The conductor was Hans Rosbaud. It, too, is based on micropolyphonic textures, but in an even more radical form: the piece contains absolutely no rhythmic or melodic motif, its form consisting exclusively of transformations of tone colour and dynamics.

© 2001–2003 Teldec Classics & 2004 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd | Translation: Louise Duchesneau

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