György Ligeti cello sonata for guitar

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I was introduced to Gyorgy Ligeti by my guitar/composition instructor Roddy Elias, sometime in the cold winter of 2000. I didn’t know what I was hearing, I didn’t know how to comprehend it, nor was I sure what it made me feel. But my respect and admiration for my teacher quietly reinforced the urge to continue through the dark fantasy forest of this brilliant music.
Here is, poetically, an arrangement for Ligeti’s Cello Sonata on classical guitar (Roddy Elias’ primary voice). All things cycle around again don’t they?

Absolutely brilliant.


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Music from the Pygmy peoples. Recorded in 1946. Perfect. Different textures, varying atmosphere, and oh those polyrhythms.
Check out the mesmerizing vocal performance by females on ‘chant magique avant la chasse a l’elephant’ (before the elephant hunt) and compare it to the equally fabulous all-male choir singing on ‘a retour de la chase’ (after the hunt)
I think, it very well could be that all the research material for my PhD resides in these recordings. I am on the search for techniques that western music ‘classical’ composers have assimilated from other cultures, or created themselves, to distort the listeners relationship to time, to create an hypnotic state, or in the service of sacred traditions, to influence a feeling of worship and submission to the higher power.

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