"Ligeti, a Hungarian composer, is perhaps best known today for his music from Stanley Kubrick's films 2001: A Space Odyssey
, The Shining
and Eyes Wide Shut
. Ligeti's etudes, Denk says, are like explorations of entirely new frontiers on the keyboard. 'Ligeti
took the piano to places it had never been before, and makes demands of
the pianist and the mind that had never been made before,' he says.
"But all of it is derived from ideas from earlier piano etudes and his
love of the great piano repertoire.' ... He moves swiftly between the descending
chromatic madness of Ligeti and Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 32, the
last piano sonata Beethoven wrote. 'The last
Beethoven sonata seems to me [to be] one of the most profound musical
journeys to infinity ever made,' he says. 'The whole piece seems to want
to bring us from a present moment into this timeless space where
everything is continuous and endless'" ("Jeremy Denk: Playing Ligeti with a Dash of Humor
," Fresh Air from WHYY
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