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Kurtág György: Attila József Fragments

for soprano solo

Op. 20
Setting: Vocal
Genre: Contemporary Hungarian Works
Language: Russian, Hungarian, German, English
Length: 38 pages
Format: 27 x 36,5 cm
Weight: 0.247 kg
Published: 1985
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest
Item number: 12304
ISMN: 9790080123041
For a Hungarian composer, writing music set to the poems of Attila József is no small feat. In this series, György Kurtág (* 1926) took on this immense challenge in a unique way even within his own oeuvre: the loneliness of the unaccompanied, single voice line simultaneously evokes the musical world of Hungarian folk songs or even 17th-century monody. The poems - rather the fragments, the seeds of poetry abandoned by the poet - capture strong, realistic images and human situations that are characteristic of Attila József. As he is wont to do with his compositions, Kurtág transforms these poetic images into equally unforgettable musical images, drawing an atmosphere of contemplation, despair, boredom, happiness, and fear of death with just a few sounds. This composition was premiered on October 26, 1982 in Budapest by Adrienne Csengery, the recipient of the work’s dedication.

(Hungaroton HCD 31821)

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