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Kurtág György, Cuendet, Olivier: Games for ensemble

score and parts

Setting: Chamber Ensemble, Chamber Ensemble and Choir
Instrumentation: 1 (anche Picc, Afl),1 (anche Cor ing) ,2 (2. anche Bcl),1 (anche Cfg) - 1,1,1,1,1 - Perc - Arm, Arp, Pf/Cel/Pianino ad.lib. - Coro ad lib. - 2 Vl , Va, Vlc, Cb
Genre: Contemporary Hungarian Works
Period: Contemporary Music
Duration: ca 30'
Published: 2017
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest
Item number: K-129
Other reference: 15064
Some years ago, studying Stele, I realised for the first time how central the reworking process was in György Kurtág's work. When he used In memoriam András Mihály (Játékok, Book 6) to create the 3rd movement of Stele, he was not only doing a brilliant orchestration of it, he was recomposing. And this happened with Messages op. 34, New Messages op. 34a and so many other works, recomposing older pieces, mostly from Játékok. This gave me the courage and the desire to try my own 'games' with some pieces of Játékok.After different experiments between improvised and written arrangements, that started with the permission of Kurtág in 2011, I made a selection of 34 pieces of Játékok that I prepared for this printed version. The selection is highly subjective, some sounded orchestral already to me when I played them on the piano, others spoke to me through their simplicity or complexity. As Kurtág said 'In music making, playfulness means that the musician should trust himself to the single moment. This trust makes it possible for the music making to be creation, rather than reproduction'; this inspiring sentence has been my guide for interpretation and then very much for these arrangements made with great respect, admiration and some impertinence...I am extremely thankful to György Kurtág for his trust, openess and generosity. (Olivier Cuendet)

Contents

1.
Objet trouvé (2)
2.
Signs in Black
3.
Hommage a Sáry László (Dot and Spot)
4.
Fundamentals (1)
5.
Hommage a Szervánszky (Silence)
6.
Hommage a Nancy Sinatra
7.
Hommage a Stockhausen
8.
A Hungarian Lesson for Foreigners
9.
...eine Blume für Ulrike Schuster...
10.
Twittering
11.
A Flower for Nuria
12.
Päan
13.
Fundamentals (2)
14.
Hoquetus
15.
Hommage a Vidovszky (Phone Numbers of our Beloved 2)
16.
Prelude and Chorale
17.
...and once more: Flowers We Are...
18.
A Flower for Gabriella Garzó a)
19.
Shadow-Play (3)
20.
(thus it happened...)
21.
A Flower for Gabriella Garzó b)
22.
Microlude Nr. 8.
23.
Flowers We Are, Frail Flowers... (1b)
24.
Hommage a Bálint Endre
25.
Hommage a Farkas Ferenc (2) (Scraps of a Colinda Melody, Faintly Recollected)
26.
Flowers We Are... (In memoriam Árpád Illés)
27.
A Flower for Gabriella Garzó c)
28.
Little Chorale a)
29.
Hand in Hand (Hommage a Sárközy)
30.
Fanfares
31.
A Flower for Gabriella Garzó d)
32.
Dirge
33.
Flowers We Are... (1a)
34.
...and once more: Flowers We Are...
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