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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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 chord progressions in the end of the piece.

Measures 5 — 8. A Brief History of the Harpsichord. Later there is more and more dissonance in between the bass line and the melody line. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Ligeti was not the first musician who tried to unite rock with classical in the meaning of anything that is not modern genres. The other reason is that the melody goes in the pitch set that does not meet pitches of a chord, for example a half step higher or lower than the pitches in the chord.

For example, instrumental compositions and multi-movement suites were performed by rock bands3. On the one hand, harpsichord was a popular musical instrument from the 16th to the 18th centuries4 and goes nicely with the genre of chaconne, which was a popular genre at this time as well 5. 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.

Only once during each four-measure pattern in the beginning of the piece there is a dissonant point caused by delay in the melody. Sometimes it is also harmonized as B minor or with B and D in the melody. The motive first appears based on the second holding of the ostinato bass.


Censors would check the music for any anti-governmental ideas. Now it can be shown which features of the piece are typical for both the genre of chaconne and the style of rock. The diad G—C, harmonized differently by melody notes. 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.

But Ligeti’s melodies do not so much imitate specific folk songs as abstract melodic types.

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Log In Sign Up. Value Discourses in Progressive Rock Fanzines. View it in the Music Periodicals Database. Rock in Hungary was prohibited since its beginning in s 1.

Green points are shown, when the melody doubles any note from the chord in the bass. Other musicians since the late s had been looking for ways to unite rock with classical models and genres.

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. The piece has a subtitle Chaconne. Very few times it is 7 Ibid. This article focuses on the “Hungarianness” of the two pieces, a feature that is ostentatiously emphasized by their titles, analyzing which features can be regarded as Hungarian, how these are related to other, culturally more distant, references, and what role they are playing within the pieces.

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An analysis of Ligeti’s Hungarian Rock. Also, sometimes there is C in rpck melody, which gives the chord C—G— Bb, pretending to be, perhaps, C major or minor.

AllMusic relies heavily on JavaScript. Magyar ZeneVol. The difference between how the melody and the bass line are written. On the bottom line the stubborn chord progression is written.

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At the same time, it produces sound which is very similar to the sound of a guitar. So the provocative title Hungarian Rock, coupled with the old genre of chaconne seems to state some kind of hungariaj message.


Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Share on facebook twitter tumblr. First ligetii all, the instrument goes nicely with both the chaconne genre and the rock style. Measures — It is interesting how these three words — Hungary, Rock, and Chaconne, — go all together in the one title.

Hungarian Rock The analysis of dissonant points. A “chaconne” is a particular variation form, in which a chord pattern is repeated while variations on it are played simultaneously. I think that Ligeti is creating a sense of free improvisation in his piece too. In the end of the piece, for example, in the last two patterns, there are only three instances in which the melody has the same pitches as in the chords, 17 chords with pitches in the melody which finish the chord, and 23 dissonant points, including delays and discrepancy between the melody and the bass line.

Then, in the middle part, mostly minor is used measures 53 — In the melody Lydian and Mixolydian modes are frequently used with the major chords in the bass line.

In the words “a chord pattern is repeated” you have the basis of a reference to rock music, for just that kind of structure is often used in rock and in jazz, too, for that matter. G minor and Eb major are mostly in the first half of the piece, C is 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