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Contents: Biographical Sketch - Questions of Identity - Towards an Intellectual Physiognomy - A "non-Puristic" Music - Metaphors, Allusions and Synasthesias - Time and Space - New Sound Images - Popularity - Going beyond Serialism - Apparitions - Atmospheres - Requiem - Lux aeterna - Continuum - Le Grand Macabre - The Turning-point 1980 - Epater l'Avant-garde - The Piano Etudes - The Concerti for Piano, Violin and Horn - Afterword.
Constantin Floros is professor emeritus of Musicology at the
University of Hamburg. Among his works are volumes on the origin of
Gregorian neumes, about Gustav Mahler, Anton Bruckner, Johannes
Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven and Alban Berg.
Ernest Bernhardt-Kabisch is professor emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at Indiana University. He has translated several books by Constantin Floros.
"This study excels all previous monographs on the subject of Ligeti
in factual thoroughness and breadth of aesthetic horizon, in
fineness of intellectual portraiture and authority of musical
analysis." (Lutz Lesle)
"The most exciting, comprehensible, analytically profound and conceptually lucid study to date, which, in addition, for the first time incorporates the sketches in the discussion and thereby elucidates the basic ideas underlying many of the works." (Fonoforum)