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Kurtág György: Scenes Op. 39 - Signs, Games and Messages

Solo and Chamber Works for flute, alto flute, bass flute and recorder

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Setting: Flute, Alto Flute, Bass flute, Recorder, Flute and Piano, Recorder and piano, Flutes, Two or More Recorders
Genre: Contemporary Hungarian Works
Period: Contemporary Music
Language: Hungarian, English, German
Grade: 4
Length: 48 pages
Format: 23 x 30,2 cm (Bach)
Weight: 0.195 kg
Published: August 2020
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest
Item number: 15127
ISMN: 9790080151273
The cycle Scenes for solo flute, written in September 1997 and dedicated to Ádám Szokolay, occupies an extraordinary place in György Kurtág's oeuvre. The premiere of the long-withheld composition was held in 2016 on the composer's 90th birthday. Each movement in the cycle reformulates familiar gestures of Kurtág's music: it develops pensive, impetuous, ethereal or playful characters.

Signs, Games and Messages are collections for solo instruments and small chamber ensembles. Each of the three words refers to an essential factor in Kurtág's music. Signs ties to the composer's study year in Paris as a young man, when he could not compose but merely put graphic signs on the paper. Games links with his nine-volume series for the piano with that title. Messages conveys the very personal content of these works, in that these short pieces are actually diary-notes and missives to musicians and friends important to Kurtág. The collection - like similar collections for string and wind instruments - does not form a coherent cycle; the pieces can be played individually, or in various orders, or together with pieces from Signs, Games and Messages written for other instruments.

This publication is printed on high-quality, age-resistant paper that is produced in an environmentally-friendly, climate-neutral manner using renewable raw materials.


Scenes, Op. 39 - Ballad, a: Ballad (more rhythmic notation)
Scenes, Op. 39 - Echoes - Back and Forth
Scenes, Op. 39 - ...preparations, experiments for the creation of a perpetuum mobile...
Scenes, Op. 39 - A Faltering Confession
Scenes, Op. 39 - In the Language of the Birds
Scenes, Op. 39 - Pondering
Scenes, Op. 39 - Wild and Passionate
Scenes, Op. 39 - Memories of Gyimes
Scenes, Op. 39 - Epilogue
Signs, Games and Messages for flute - Hommage a J. S. B.
Signs, Games and Messages for flute - Doloroso
Signs, Games and Messages for flute - Jauchzet und frohlocket! Auf! Schwung!
Signs, Games and Messages for flute - ...apres un de lecture de Rimbaud...
Signs, Games and Messages for flute - Bref message a Pierre Boulez
Signs, Games and Messages for flute - ...ein Brief aus der Ferne an Ursula
Signs, Games and Messages (Chamber works) - Myriam Marbé in memoriam
for three recorders (or 2 flutes and alto flute)
Signs, Games and Messages (Chamber works) - Plaintive Pleading
for recorder (or flute) and piano
Signs, Games and Messages (Chamber works) - ...c'erano due fiori...
for flute and bass flute
Signs, Games and Messages (Chamber works) - Épitaphe a la mémoire de Simone Boisecq
for two flutes
Signs, Games and Messages (Chamber works) - Joli oiseau - en pantomime (Samuel Beckett)
for baritone and bass flute
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