Musica Nova: In the spirit of Ligeti 12.2.2017

Sun Feb 12th 2017 at 2 pm
Musiikkitalo, Paavo-hall

Clement Power, conductor

In the Spirit of Ligeti closes the festival Musica Nova, delving into the pervasive Ligetian influence in the works of his son and major students.  Avanti! will be conducted by British Clement Power.

Lukas Ligeti’s piece ‘Curtain’ marries European modernism and African rhythms. Inspired by visual arts, the piece applies the technique of layering to music in a way that justifies comparisons to animation artist William Kentdrige. Ligeti paints on the melodic and harmonic canvas provided by the string quartet, creating an intriguing tension between the quartet and the larger ensemble.

“Thall” (“mask” in Korean), the last part of Unsuk Chin’s cosmigimmicks, is a tribute to György Ligeti. In the centre of this musical pantomime is the guitar. Using only of a few repetitive microtones, the guitar plays a pseudo melody that changes according to the harmonies of other instruments – just like the expression on a mime artist’s face.

Benedict Mason, another important student of Ligeti’s, too, nods to his mentor in his piece “Hinterstoissener traverse”. By restricting itself to the use of only one note, g, this extremely minimalistic piece manages to direct its attention fully to the exploration of rhythm and dynamic.

The concert is a part of Finland’s largest-scale contemporary music festival Musica Nova Helsinki. In 2017, conductor André de Ridder acts as the Artistic Director of the festival.



Benedict Mason: Hinterstoissener traverse (1986)

Unsuk Chin:  cosmigimmicks (2012)
1. Shadow Play
2. Quad
3. Thall

Lukas Ligeti:  Curtain (2015)

Duration 1h.


Tickets 28,00 / 17,50 € from  or 25 / 15 € from Musiikkitalo’s ticket office.