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Kurtág György: Ligatura-Message to Frances-Marie

(The answered-unanswered question)

playing score

Op. 31b
Setting: Chamber Music for Mixed Ensemble
Instrumentation: vlc, vl, celesta, org.
Genre: Contemporary Hungarian Works
Length: 8 pages
Format: Bach (23 x 30,2 cm)
Weight: 0.066 kg
Published: February 1995
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest
Item number: 13957
ISMN: 9790080139578
The original version of the piece, Message to Frances Marie, op. 31a was composed for cello solo with two bows for the American cellist Frances Marie Uitti. The subtitle refers to the title of a composition by Charles Ives. The condensed piece of Webernian density which is built upon a homogeneous sequence of chords can be played by three different groups of instruments:
A: one cello with two bows, two violins and celesta
B: two cellos, two violins and celesta
C: two organs and celesta (or upright piano).
Written in 1989 the premiere of the work was given at the ISCM Festival in Oslo by F.-M. Uitti, Kjell Arne Jörgensen and Eileen Siegtel in September 25, 1990.