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“Musica Ricerata” at the Richmond Public Library

Saturday, Feb. 12


By the time of his death in 2006, Hungarian musical artist Gyorgy Ligeti is recognized as one of the most important avant-garde composers of the 20th century. Made famous for his use of rapidly moving cluster chords and masses of sound that were absent of any traditional melody, the Transylvanian-born progressive grew to mainstream fame when his works became a favorite with filmmaker Stanley Kubrick, who used a number of his pieces in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “The Shining” and “Eyes Wide Shut.” The Richmond Public Library welcomes Virginia Commonwealth University's Sonia Vlahecevic for a lecture and recital of Ligeti's “Musica Ricercata,” a unique set of 11 pieces for piano that begins with a single pitch, progressively adding a new note each movement until the all 12 of the chromatic scale are used. The concert is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. Free.

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