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György Ligeti
Audience participation in Poème Symphonique (for 100 metronomes) (1962)
Artikulation (for tape) (1958),
10 Pieces for Wind Quintet (1968) and Melodien* (1971), presented by Jonathan Cross

Post-concert participation in Poème Symphonique and conversation with the players

“I am in a prison”, György Ligeti once wrote. “One wall is the avant-garde, the other wall is the past, and I want to escape.”

The second event in this new series at Kings Place celebrates one of the 20th century’s most progressive minds. Ligeti found his escape plan in a more spontaneous approach to composition, using free-form drawings to express shape, colour and contour before committing a single note to the page. From the compelling absurdity of Poème Symphonique for 100 metronomes to the glittering colours of his Melodien, we explore Ligeti’s radical, time-bending compositional methods in an immersive evening of music and discussion.

Sound Intermedia 
Jonathan Cross presenter
Jonathan Berman conductor*
London Sinfonietta

The Turning Points series is presented in collaboration with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Kings Place


Filmed at Bell Studios

Download the programme

Turning Points Ligeti Chapters.pdf


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  • £19.50

    Venue: (view map)

    Kings Place
    90 York Way
    N1 9AG
    United Kingdom

    Box Office No:
    020 7520 1490