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Kurtág György: Games I
Genre: Pedagogical performance pieces
Language: Hungarian, English, German
Length: 88 pages
Published: September 1979
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest
Item number: 8377
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)
Perpetuum mobile (objet trouvé)
Prelude and Waltz in C
Palm Stroke (1)
Palm Stroke (2)
Wrong Notes Allowed (1)
Wrong Notes Allowed (2)
Flowers We Are, Frail Flovers... (1a)
Flowers We Are, Frail Flowers... (1b)
...flowers also the stars...
Out and In (1)
Objet trouvé (2)
Hommage a Verdi (sopra: Caro nome che il mio cor)
C's Night Song
Little Chorale (1)
Hommage a Bartók
Let's Be Silly
Hommage a Kocsis Zoltán - Playing with Overtones (1)
Hommage a Máriássy István - (detecting chords)
The Bunny and The Fox
Hommage a Farkas (1) The Stone-frog Crawled Along...
Flowers We Are... (2)
(the young boxer's lighter moments)
(five little piano pieces)
Sound and Sound-ball (1)
Little Chorale (2)
Flowers We Are... (3)
Sound and Sound-ball (2)
Out and In (2)
Fifths and Fourths and Palm Strokes
(Hommage a Beethoven)
Playing with Overtones (2)
Scale from One to Eight
Flowers We Are... (4a)
Flowers We Are... (4b)
Dumb-show (Quarrelling 2)
Hommage a Ligeti
Beating (3x3 - 3 tones, 3 rhythm patterns)
Hommage a Tchaikovsky
Hommage a Eötvös Péter
Hommage a Paganini (la nuova campanella)
Preliminary Exercises to the Hoquetus
Perpetuum mobile (objet trouvé)
...and once more: Flowers We Are...