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Kurtág György: Games III
Genre: Contemporary Hungarian Works
Language: Hungarian, English, German
Length: 84 pages
Published: September 1979
Publisher: Universal Music Publishing Editio Musica Budapest
Item number: 8379
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)
Stop and Go
Play with Infinity
The Mind Will Have its Freedom...
(thus it happened...)
(quiet talk with the devil)
(five-finger play - cromatic exercise)
Pen Drawing, Valediction to Erzsébet Schaár
Elegy for the left hand
Hommage a Ránki György
Hommage a Zenon ( Achilles and the tortoise, or overtake your other hand)
(... and round and round it goes)
Signs in Black
Hommage a Schubert
Hommage a Petrovics
Hommage a Farkas Ferenc (2) Scraps of a colinda melody - faintly recollected
Hommage a Farkas Ferenc (3) (evocation of Petrushka)
Hommage a Farkas Ferenc (4) (Adoration, adoration, accursed desolation...)
Hommage a Moussorgsky
Hommage a Szervánszky - Silence
Hommage a Christian Wolff (Half-asleep)
Hommage a Domenico Scarlatti
Hommage a Borsody László (Harmonica)
Hommage a Verese
Play with Overtones (4)
Hommage a Kurtág Márta
12 new microludes - 1.
12 new microludes - 2.
12 new microludes - 3. Labyrinthine D
12 new microludes - 4.
12 new microludes 5. Hommage a Szabó Ferenc (Tune)
12 new microludes - 6. Hommage a Somlyó György - Shadow-play (4)
12 new microludes - 7. Hommage a Mihály András
12 new microludes - 8.
12 new microludes - 9. Obstinate A flat
12 new microludes - 10.
12 new mikroludes - 11. Hommage a J.S.B.
12 new microludes - 12. Hommage a Stockhausen