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Title:An analysis of Gyorgy Ligeti's "Atmospheres"
Author(s):Van Der Slice, John Dewitt
Department / Program:Music
Discipline:Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:D.M.A.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Music
Abstract:Atmospheres, a work for large orchestra composed in 1961 by Gyorgy Ligeti, is a strikingly attractive display of novel sonorities and dramatic effects. Evidence of aesthetic significance is sought, particularly in structural relationships readily perceptible by the listener. To facilitate illustration and analysis a graphic transcription was made. The historical context of the work is examined, specifically the post-war development of serialism and the transition to "sound-mass" forms. An explanatory description of each section of Atmospheres is followed by a structural analysis. The author concludes that the music reveals a structural coherence and functional logic in which organic processes of directional change may be heard to serve as expressive metaphors of changes found more generally in the physical world and which lend themselves to a meaningfully dramatic dialogue between continuity and discontinuity.
Issue Date:1980
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:51 p.
Thesis (D.M.A.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1980.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/67734
Other Identifier(s):(UMI)AAI8018211
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-12-14
Date Deposited:1980


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