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London Sinfonietta presents: Turning Points - Ligeti: Altered Time

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Time 19:00
Date 25/03/17
Price £19.5
  • Produced by London Sinfonietta
  • Price £19.50
  • Get ready to hear from the Hungarian composer that helped shape the sound of the 20th century
  • Bring along fans of The Shining and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Stanley Kubrick had a penchant for using Ligeti’s music in his films
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  • See you at Kings Place

“I am in a prison”, György Ligeti once wrote. “One wall is the avant-garde, the other wall is the past, and I want to escape.”

The second event in this new series at Kings Place celebrates one of the 20th century’s most progressive minds.

Ligeti found his escape plan – his turning point – in a more spontaneous approach to composition, using free-form drawings to express shape, colour and contour before committing a single note to the page.

From the compelling absurdity of Poeme Symphonique for 100 metronomes to the glittering colours of his Melodien, for this show, London Sinfonietta will explore Ligeti’s radical, time-bending compositional methods.

Pre-concert participation in Pòeme Symphonique (for 100 metronomes) (1962)

Main stage performance of Artikulation (for tape) (1958), 10 Pieces for Wind Quintet (1968) and Melodien* (1971), presented by Jonathan Cross

Post-concert conversation with the players

Sound Intermedia co-producers

Jonathan Cross presenter

Jonathan Berman conductor 

London Sinfonietta The Turning Points series is presented in collaboration with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Kings Place. ……………………………………………………………………………………….

COMPETITION: Win 1x pair of tickets to attend London Sinfonietta presents: Turning Points - Ligeti: Altered Time at Kings Place, Saturday 25th March at 7pm. To enter the competition, send an email to with the correct answer in the ‘subject’ line. The winner will be randomly selected.

Q: How many participants does Ligeti call for in his instructions for performing Pòeme Symphonique?

A: .1) 100 .2) 0 .3) 10 .4) 5