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Tag: György Kurtág

Tuesday, May 4th

alone

György Kurtág (1926-), from Signs, Games and Messages (Jelek 1, Jelek 2); Nuala McKenna (cello), live, Netherlands (Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo), published 5/1/21

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yesterday, Chicago

Thursday, February 4th

alone

Kim Kashkashian (viola), “In memoriam Blum Tamás” by György Kurtág (from Signs, Games, and Messages for solo viola [1998-2005]), live, Germany (Hamburg), 2020

 

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other day, Chicago (Columbus Park)

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The world? Moonlit
drops shaken
from the crane’s bill.

—Dogen (1200-1253), translated from Japanese by Lucien Stryk with the assistance of Noboru Fujiwara

Wednesday, November 25th

more

Márta Kurtág (1927-2019, piano) and György Kurtág (1926-, piano), live, Paris, 2012: J.S. Bach (1685-1750, arr. G. Kurtág), “Das alte Jahr vergangen ist” (BWV 614)

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Tuesday, November 24th

alone

György Kurtág (1926-, piano), live, Budapest (Budapest Music Center), 10/17/20: Mártának | Mozart: Sonata in D major (K. 576), excerpt (II. Adagio)*

 

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yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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*From the New York Times obituary (10/25/19):

Marta Kurtag, a pianist and teacher who shared a 72-year collaboration with her husband, the prominent avant-garde composer Gyorgy Kurtag, profoundly influencing his work and joining him in dual recitals that acquired a legendary reputation in their later years, died on Oct. 17 in Budapest. She was 92.

Her death, in a hospital, was confirmed by the Budapest Music Center, a performing arts complex where she lived with Mr. Kurtag in an apartment.

Thursday, January 17th

alone

Kim Kashkashian (viola), “character pieces” by György Kurtág (1926-), live, Cambridge, Mass., 2018

 

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the sound of the moat
cracking . . .
winter moon

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Monday, May 8th

sounds of consolation

Johann Sebastian Bach, Actus Tragicus (Sonatina), transcription by György Kurtág; Márta and György Kurtág (piano), live, Budapest, 2015


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this morning, Chicago (Columbus Park)

Saturday, May 6th

never enough

Johann Sebastian Bach, transcriptions by György Kurtág
Márta and György Kurtág (piano), live, Budapest, 2015


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Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), talking about words
BBC radio broadcast, April 29, 1937

 

Tuesday, December 3rd

career plans for the next life

If none of those other things pan out (tap dancer, rubboard playerreggae bassist, guitarist in a Malian band), I might give cellist-in-a-string-quartet a shot.

Keller String Quartet, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), The Art of the Fugue (excerpts); György Kurtág (1926-), Officium Breve (excerpts)

Tuesday, October 8th

alone

György Kurtág (1926-),  Perpetuum Mobile (from Játékok [Games])


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‘There is no God and Mary is His Mother.’

—Robert Lowell (1917-1977), “For George Santayana” (excerpt)

Wednesday, July 31st


More sounds from the shadows.

György Kurtág (1926-), 12 Microludes for String Quartet (Hommage à Mihály András) (1978), Maxwell Quartet, live, Scotland (Argyllshire), 2012

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“Chartres”
By George Oppen (1908-1984)

The bulk of it
In air

Is what they wanted. Compassion
Above the doors, the doorways

Mary the woman and the others
The lesser

Are dreams on the structure. But that a stone
Supports another

That the stones
Stand where the masons locked them

Above the farmland
Above the will

Because a hundred generations
Back of them and to another people

The world cried out above the mountain

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