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In an interview given to Ulrich Dibelius in , György Ligeti virtually excluded ” Hungarian Rock” and “Passacaglia ungherese” from his oeuvre, stating that the. Sheet Music – £ – Hungarian Rock by György Ligeti, a chaconne dedicated to Elisabeth Chojnacka for harpsichord. Premiered 20 May, in Köln, WDR. Hungarian Rock (Chaconne) Lyrics: Instrumental. Hungarian Rock (Chaconne) . György Ligeti Written By György Ligeti. Release Date January 1,

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Very few times it is 7 Ibid. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. The diad G—C, harmonized differently by melody notes. On the one hand, harpsichord was a popular musical instrument from the 16th to the 18th centuries4 and goes nicely with the genre of chaconne, which was a popular genre at this time as well 5.

In the words “a chord pattern is repeated” you have the basis of a reference to rock music, for just that kind of structure is often used in rock and in jazz, too, for that matter. Moreover, they are alienated by the systematic transposition of some of their notes and phrases, while their characteristic melodic and rhythmic features, as well as their strophic structure are retained.

Magyar ZeneVol. A “chaconne” is a particular variation form, in which a chord pattern is repeated while variations on it are played simultaneously. It is interesting how these three words — Hungary, Rock, and Chaconne, — go all together in the one title.

Hungarian Rock (Chaconne), for harpsichord

Only once during each four-measure pattern in the beginning of the piece there is a dissonant point caused by delay in the melody. Help Center Find new research papers in: Sometimes there is B in the melody, which can be interpreted as B major dominant. Measures 63 — For example, measure has 11 quarter notes or 22 eighth notes in the upper line and 8 quarter notes in the bottom line. Skip to main content. The coda is designated by the absence of the ostinato bass line, and tempo and time signature changes.


This article focuses on the “Hungarianness” of the two pieces, a feature that is ostentatiously emphasized by their titles, analyzing which features can be regarded as Hungarian, how these are related to other, culturally more distant, references, and what role they are playing within the pieces.

This fact shows that there is a rhythmic pattern in the 2nd manual bottom line of the scorewhich is as following: In the end of the piece, for example, in the last two patterns, there are only three instances in which the melody has the same pitches as in the chords, 17 chords with pitches in the melody which finish the chord, and 23 dissonant points, including delays and discrepancy between the melody and the bass line.

Perhaps Ligeti aimed to show that something cannot be rejected because it has a negative connotation and later on everything may earn artistic value.

I made an analysis of dissonant points in the melody. The triad G—A—C is harmonized as the A major dominant chord most of the time.

Value Discourses in Progressive Rock Fanzines. Secondly, the piece is written in the quite fast tempo with tempo changes during the piece.

One can see the way in which Ligeti colors the ostinato bass with the different harmonies by the melody notes. It is quite frequently also that the notes in the melody are written differently than in the bass line See Ex.

The triad F—Ab—Db is harmonized as Db major in the first part of the piece more frequently and as Bb minor in the second part of the piece more frequently. To the rock features I would attribute the chord progression which has a lot of diminished, augmented, dominant, seventh, and ninth chords, as well as clusters at times.


In the last section measures — mostly major is used. Tags pastiche composers gyorgy ligeti national identity hungarian music harpsichord music.

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The triad C—E—C gock harmonized as Hkngarian major quite frequently with flat five most of the time or A minor sometimes. Harpsichord is a plucked keyboard instrument. By dissonant points I mean the pitch set of the melody which creates at least one half step or at least two whole steps, or more half and whole steps together with the pitches of the chord in the bass line if the melodic pitch is transposed to the same octave, where the chord is.

The main structure consists of a pounding rhythmic pattern of chords in rock rhythm one of the chords is so low hunyarian closely-spaced that it fills the function of the bass drumwhile the plucked sonority of the instrument is exploited in the melodic line, as this resembles guitar sounds.

Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. In both works, elements of Hungarian folk music are mixed with distant musical styles and idioms the chaconne and passacaglia tradition, elements of jazz and rock, Balkan and Caribbean rhythms.

The motive first appears based on the second holding of the ostinato bass. Home Journals Magyar Zene Vol. At the same time, rock musicians were 3 Atton Chris.