Apparitions

Title
Apparitions
for orchestra
Duration
9:00
Number of performers
79
Instrumentation
3 (also pic.) · 0 · 3 (3rd also cl. in Eb) · 2 · cbn. - 6 · 3 · 2 · t.-btbn. · 1 - perc. (1st xyl. · timp. · b.dr. - 2nd glock. · cast. · 2 temple bl. · mar. · t.-t.- 3rd s.dr. · whip · w.bl. · guiro · bottles - 4th s.dr. · tamb. · clav. · crot.) (4 performers) - cel. · hp. · hpd. · pf. - str. (12 · 12 · 8 · 8 · 6) - 3 violins and a trumpet as echo
Composition year(s)
1958
World premiere
1960-06-19

Köln · NDR Symphony Orchestra · conductor: Ernest Bour

Commissioner
Köln  · NDR Sinfonieorchester · Ernest Bour, Dirigent
Audio
Copyright

György Ligeti: The Ligeti Project © 2016 Warner Classics 0825646028580

Comment of the composer on the work

At the beginning of February 1957 I travelled from Vienna to Cologne and there, in the studios of West German Radio, I learned the technique of electronic music; my teacher was Gottfried Michael Koenig. I also learned a lot from Stockhausen, spending six weeks as his guest and watching him complete Gruppen, one of his most important pieces. After working in the studio for two years, I returned to live instrumentalists and wrote Apparitions in 1958/59. Its first movement takes up and develops material that I had already used in Víziók in Budapest, while the second movement is “micropolyphonic”, in other words, it is made up of complex interwoven textures. Apparitions caused a scandal when it was first performed under Ernest Bour in Cologne in June 1960.

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

Publisher
Video