In an interview given to Ulrich Dibelius in , György Ligeti virtually excluded ” Hungarian Rock” and “Passacaglia ungherese” from his oeuvre, stating that the. Sheet Music – £ – Hungarian Rock by György Ligeti, a chaconne dedicated to Elisabeth Chojnacka for harpsichord. Premiered 20 May, in Köln, WDR. Hungarian Rock (Chaconne) Lyrics: Instrumental. Hungarian Rock (Chaconne) . György Ligeti Written By György Ligeti. Release Date January 1,

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Rock in Hungary was prohibited since its beginning in s 1. Then the tempo speeds up to the previous tempo in measures — Music of Our Time Special Edition. The second part ceases the rhythmic idea, and serenely presents a chord progression. Also, sometimes rlck is C in the melody, which gives the chord Hhungarian Bb, pretending to be, perhaps, C major or minor.

In this motive only the length of the notes and the pauses change. Then, in the middle part, mostly minor is hunngarian measures 53 — Edition Five Mechanical Music. On the bottom line the stubborn chord progression is written. The four-measure repeated phrase consists of chords, which change like this: Please enable JavaScript in your browser to use the site fully.

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The triad F—A—C can be harmonized as F major or D minor and once is used with B diminished triad in the upper line of the score. In the melody Lydian and Mixolydian modes are frequently used with the major chords in the bass line. Perhaps Ligeti aimed to show that something cannot be rejected because it has a negative connotation and later on everything may earn artistic value.

As I point out, both pieces contain a number of “mistuned” Hungarian folk song imitations. But Ligeti’s melodies do not so much imitate specific folk songs as abstract melodic types. The only difference is hjngarian there are no dynamics changes on the harpsichord, while it is possible to get various dynamics from the guitar especially the electric guitar, which is widely used in rock music.


The triad G—A—C is rocl as the A major dominant chord most of the time. I strongly believe that the choice of the genre and the instrument was made by Ligeti not randomly, and that Ligeti found similarities between rock music and chaconne, which seem to be so different at the first glance.

Later on, more and more notes appear, based on the smooth changes of the theme with the adding of G, A, and F in the third holding of ostinato bass and complex fast passages or hungsrian progressions in the end of the piece. Eb and Cwhich make the chord sound lifeti, often appear in the melodic line. Also, it is quite a rock feature that the melody can be in dissonance with the chord progression though, perhaps, it may apply to chaconne too as it was an improvisational popular genre, but one can only research the written down late examples of the genre.

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First of all, the instrument goes nicely with both the chaconne genre and the rock style. It is quite frequently also that the notes in the melody are written differently than lgieti the bass line See Ex. This diad is also hungariab as G augmented and E minor. The triad F—Ab—Db is harmonized as Db major in the first part of the piece more frequently and as Bb minor in the second part of the piece more frequently.

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Skip to main content. In the beginning there is no third major or minor scale step up to measure 36then there is an unclear part with major — minor — major one by one. Tempos of rock pieces were quite fast when rock appeared, because it was separate from popular dance music. Moreover, they are alienated by the systematic transposition of some of their notes and phrases, while their characteristic melodic and rhythmic features, as well as their strophic structure are retained.


This is one of Ligeti’s most famous pieces, a tour de hhungarian of rhythm and sound-textures.

G minor and Eb major are mostly in the first half of the piece, C rocj used in the middle part of the piece first appears in measure 71and E diminished triad is mostly in the last part of the piece starting from the measure The diad G—B most of the time is harmonized as G major with D in the melody.

This phenomenon of combination of what seems incongruous is one of the features of postmodern culture. Sometimes it is also harmonized as B minor or with B and D in the melody. Remember me on this computer.

The chaconne features are the four-measure ostinato chord progression and the ostinato bass line, repeated every measure, which stay the same for the whole piece except the coda. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Hungariaan In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Thirdly, the piece has the improvisational flow. I would say that there are 5 beats in the accompaniment but not four as it is highlighted in the time signature, because Ligeti changes diads or triads in the bottom every beat, according to the rhythmic pattern.