Few works by Kurtág have gained as much immediate attention as his first major orchestral work Stele (), composed at the age of György Kurtág. Stele, for orchestra, Op. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Parts/Movements ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. facebook · twitter · tumblr. György Kurtág: Stele, for orchestra, Op – Play streams in full or download MP3 from Classical Archives (), the largest and best organized.

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Not too fast but wild, rushed or “hounded”impatient”. Larghissimo — Adagio Lamentoso — Disperato, con moto. Listen to any of the Kafka-Fragments to hear what I mean. This is not sentimental or bittersweet music; it is serious material, marking the passing of a friend who was likewise serious about music.

What you hear are the notes of the C major scale turned into a meditation for four hands. Paradoxically, precisely because of its conciseness, the piece becomes static and timeless; and those notes, far sele meaning anything like “C major” or “tonality” are unmoored from conventional function and allowed to resound and shimmer in a much larger musical space.

Topics Music A guide to contemporary classical music. This score was completed while he was the composer-in-residence for the Berlin Philharmonicloved by his adopted city, and completely out of danger.

Kurtág, György – Stele, op. 33 – large orchestra (score)

This is cerebral music without a hint of spirituality, highly personal and revealing a background of political turmoil in the way the ideas in it never seem to come entirely out of seclusion. Few composers from the late twentieth century have such a distinctive sound.


It’s a compositional journey that has often kurtg reducing music to the level of the fragment, the moment, with individual pieces or movements lasting mere seconds, or a minute, perhaps two. Views Read Edit View history. What you’re seeing is private, intimate music-making raised to the level of a joyous miracle.

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All of kuratg movements are meant to be played attacca.

Stele (Kurtág) – Wikipedia

This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat Their playing dissolves the difference between them and the instrument, and between each other. They are often pieces that use that paradoxical power of the fragment to suggest a timelessness or spaciousness, for example In Memoriam Andras Mihaly, another of the Jatekok.

That is what the music conjures up. The three-movement Stele is memorial music that is nonetheless filled with a strange luminescence: Instead, it became a more expressive.

There is nothing more familiar than these elements, but nothing stranger than what happens to them throughout this performance. A couple in their mids, married stwle 65 years, play the piano.

Stele, for orchestra, Op. 33

AllMusic relies etele on JavaScript. Nicht zu schnell aber wild, gehetzt, ungeduldig [4] Molto sostenuto. Stele is in three movements and takes up to thirteen minutes to perform. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. He never had the same, highly publicized differences with the Soviet government that Shostakovich had, and though he wrote and kkrtag more after he was no longer living under that tyranny, the tenet of political discretion never left him.


This is among the most approachable of his works and it demonstrates his artistic character in such a way that new listeners will have an easier time coming to appreciate his superb output by starting here. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. No one can hear it … There’s nothing to be done … I felt I couldn’t stel on, I mustn’t go on …” — just some of the Beckettian aphorisms that stud his interviews with Balint Andras Varga.

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It was completed in It also speaks with a fearless directness that bypasses musical tradition and becomes its own idiom. They even look alike, with their glasses and short grey hair, their posture at the piano. Show 25 25 50 All. Stel Latin New Age. Its three movements are heard in 12 minutes featuring almost relentless contrast within a cohesive framework.

The work is scored for a very large orchestra.