Ligeti and The Creative Word

The music of György Sándor Ligeti sometimes echoes the force of the primeval, formative “word” referred to by many myths and religions. When he abandons earthly rhythms and periodic prosaic melody and concentrates on combining long held tones in clusters, then we perceive how tones  interact and combine to form complex patterns which not only mirror physical creation but work into the psychic content of the listener to rearrange the substance of thoughts and feeling into new forms and higher concepts.

This video links these primeval sounds to microcosmic and macrocosmic creation. The music is Ligeti’s Double Concerto for Flute, Oboe, and Orchestra:

The primal ability of sound to fashion form is beautifully illustrated in Hans Jenny’s Cymatics videos:


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