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Gyorgy Ligeti
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Composer
    (May 28, 1923-June 12, 2006)
    Born in Tarnaveni, Romania
    Avant-garde composer
    Works included ‘Apparitions’ (1959), ‘Atmospheres’ (1961), ‘Volumina’ (1962; revised 1966), ‘Requiem’ (1965), ‘Lux Aeterna’ (1966), ‘Le Grand Macabre’ (1978; revised 1997) and ‘Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano’ (1982)
    He wrote a composition for 100 metronomes.
    He called ‘Le Grande Macabre’ an ‘anti-opera.’
    When his music was featured in ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,’ he complained about being featured on a soundtrack alongside Johann Strauss and Richard Strauss.
    His father and brother died in concentration camps, while his mother survived Auschwitz.
    After the Hungarian revolution was suppressed by the Soviet Army, he and his wife fled to Vienna by hiding on a mail train (1956).
    He complained (with considerably more justification) that Stanley Kubrick had not asked his permission before using his compositions in ‘2001.’
    Apparently, the two patched up their differences, as not only did Ligeti’s works appear in several additional Kubrick films, he escorted Kubrick’s widow to the premier of ‘Eyes Wide Shut.’

Credit: C. Fishel


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