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Author: Hannon, Andrew C

Title: EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION IN MOVEMENTS I AND VII OF GYÖRGY LIGETI’S HAMBURG CONCERTO

Institution: University of South Carolina

Begun: January 2011

Completed: April 2014

Abstract:

György Ligeti’s final composition, Hamburg Concerto (1999, rev. 2002), features his compositional technique of expansion and contraction. The concerto is scored for two flutes, oboe, two bassett horns (both doubling on clarinet), bassoon, solo double horn, four natural horns, trumpet, trombone, two percussionists, and single strings. The natural overtones of the horns offer unique harmonic possibilities that relate to Ligeti’s use of expansion/contraction. While several analysts have examined expansion/contraction in other works by Ligeti, no one has yet looked at this technique in Hamburg Concerto, particularly as applied to Ligeti’s use of natural overtones. This paper examines the two outer movements of the concerto and presents evidence for Ligeti’s use of expansion/contraction in the rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic levels of musical structure.

Keywords: Ligeti, horn concerto, expansion, contraction, overtone series, 20th century, harmonic series, hamburg concerto

TOC:

CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION
1.1 OVERVIEW OF COMPOSITION

CHAPTER 2: EXPANSION/CONTRACTION AS A COMPOSITIONAL TECHNIQUE

CHAPTER 3: TUNING OF THE NATURAL HORN
3.1 THE NATURAL HORN IN HAMBURG CONCERTO
3.2 AN ANALYTICAL PROBLEM
3.3 SPECIFIC APPROACH TAKEN IN THIS PAPER

CHAPTER 4: MOVEMENT ONE
4.1 SECTION ONE
4.2 SECTION TWO
4.3 SECTION THREE
4.4 LONG RANGE MOTION

CHAPTER 5: MOVEMENT SEVEN
5.1 METER
5.2 DOUBLE BASS LINE
5.3 CHORALE
5.4 RELATIONSHIP TO MOVEMENT ONE

CONCLUSION

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Date Listed: 03/15/2015


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