Sunday, April 12, 2015

Video of the Week: Introduction to Ligeti

This week I'll go with a more modern composer, Gyorgy Ligeti.  His music appears in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Specifically the parts with the apes and the travel scene at the end.

Now, you can hear his "Nonsense Madrigals," an amazing set of short a cappella choral pieces.

My first exposure to this was a live performance of the King Singers at BYU back in 1993.  They performed "The Alphabet" (which starts at 3:46).  That performance blew me away and stuck with me all these years.  I hope you enjoy this recording ...

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