György Ligeti

Lontano

Title
Lontano
Subtitle
for large orchestra
Duration
11:00
Number of performers
77
Instrumentation
4 (2nd and 3rd also pic., 4th also afl in G) · 4 (4th also ca.) · cl. in A · 3 cl. in Bb (2nd also bcl., 3rd also cbcl. ad. lib.) · 3 · cbn. - 4 · 3 trp. in C (also 3 trp. in D ad lib.) · 2 ttbn. · t.-btbn. · 1 - str.
Composition year(s)
1967
World premiere
1967-10-22

Donaueschingen · Donaueschinger Musiktage · SWR Symphony Orchestra · conductor: Ernest Bour

Movements

Sostenuto espressivo

Audio
Copyright

György Ligeti: The Ligeti Project © 2016 Warner Classics 0825646028580

Comment of the composer on the work

During the years that followed [the premiere of Atmosphères in 1961], I gradually moved away from total chromaticism: Lontano, first performed in Donaueschingen in 1967, is micropolyphonic, but it is also diatonic and is made up of countless unison canons. Multiple octave doublings produce a soft-edged overall sound.

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

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