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Kurtág György: Games V

Diary entries, personal messages

Setting: Piano
Genre: Contemporary Hungarian Works
Language: Hungarian, English, German
Length: 48 pages
Published: May 1997
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest
Item number: 14002
ISMN: 9790080140024
The idea of composing 'Games' was suggested by children playing spontaneously, children for whom the piano still means a toy. They experiment with it, caress it, attack it and run their fingers over it. They pile up seemingly disconnected sounds, and if this happens to arouse their musical instinct they look consciously for some of the harmonies found by chance and keep repeating them.

Thus this series does not provide a tutor, nor does it simply stand as a collection of pieces. It is a possibility for experimenting and not for learning "to play the piano".

Pleasure in playing, the joy of movement - daring and if need be fast movement over the entire keyboard right from the first lessons instead of clumsy groping for keys and the counting of rhythms - all these rather vague ideas lay at the outset of the creation of this collection.

Playing - is just playing. It requires a great deal of freedom and initiative from the performer. On no account should the written image be taken seriously but the written image must be taken extremely seriously as regards the musical process, the quality of sound and silence. We should trust the picture of the printed notes and let is exert its influence upon us. The graphic picture conveys an idea about the arrangement in time of even the most free pieces.

We should make use of all that we know and remember of free declamation, folk-music parlando-rubato, of Gregorian chant and of all that improvisational musical practice has ever brought forth.

Let us tackle bravely even the most difficult task without being afraid of making mistakes: we should try to create valid proportions, unity and continuity out of the long and short values - just for our own pleasure!

(BMC CD 139)

Contents

1.
Kurtág György: Postface a Kocsis Zoltán
2.
Kurtág György: Hommage a Kadosa 75.
3.
Kurtág György: Virág a virág...
4.
Kurtág György: Greeting - for Imre Hermann' 90th birtday
5.
Kurtág György: Kondor Rock (in the manner of the aging Liszt)
6.
Kurtág György: A Voice in the Distance (For Alfred Schlee's 80th birthday)
7.
Kurtág György: La fille aux cheveux de lin - enragée
8.
Kurtág György: Double Consolation (for Janka Szendrei and myself)
9.
Kurtág György: Flowers we are... (in memoriam Árpád Illés)
10.
Kurtág György: Les Adieux
11.
Kurtág György: Prelude and Chorale
12.
Kurtág György: Preface to a Bálint exhibition
13.
Kurtág György: A Flower for Gabriella Garzó
14.
Kurtág György: Jubilate
15.
Kurtág György: The little Squall
16.
Kurtág György: Bells for Margit Mándy
17.
Kurtág György: Bell-fanfare for Sándor Veress
18.
Kurtág György: Flowers we are... (from the Sayings of Péter Bornemisza, III. 3.)
19.
Kurtág György: Grassblades in memory of Klára Martyn
20.
Kurtág György: Like the flowers of the field...
21.
Kurtág György: Farewell to Pál Kadosa
22.
Kurtág György: Fanfare to Judit Maros' wedding
23.
Kurtág György: In memoriam György Kósa
24.
Kurtág György: The very last conversation with László Dörnyei
25.
Kurtág György: Organ and Bells in memory of Doctor László Dobszay
26.
Kurtág György: In memoriam Erna Czövek
27.
Kurtág György: Guillaume Apollinaire: L'Adieu
28.
Kurtág György: Flaring up-dying down
29.
Kurtág György: Fanfares
30.
Kurtág György: An apocryphal hymn (in the style of A. Schnittke)
31.
Kurtág György: Voice in the Distance II (Hommage a Alfred Schlee 85)
32.
Kurtág György: (...Iovely greetings to Grete Spinnrad)
33.
Kurtág György: Capriccioso - luminoso
34.
Kurtág György: Reticent Question
35.
Kurtág György: Waltz
36.
Kurtág György: Retocemt Question
37.
Kurtág György: Valse (la sauterelle dévote)
38.
Kurtág György: Enfolding Sounds
39.
Kurtág György: Dialog for the 70th birtday of András Mihály
40.
Kurtág György: Flower and Thistle to S. W.
41.
Kurtág György: Fareqell, S. W.
42.
Kurtág György: 3 in memoriam - In memoriam György Szoltsányi
46.
Kurtág György: 3 in memoriam - Hommage tardif a Karskaya
47.
Kurtág György: 3 in memoriam - In memoriam Maurice Fleuret