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Ligeti Receives Standing Ovation at Funeral

The much loved and respected composer Gyorgy Ligeti who, as this site previously reported, died earlier this month was given a silent standing ovation at the end of his funeral service on Monday 26th June. The service took place at the Feuerhalle Slimmering in Vienna and was attended by the composer's wife and son as well as a number of friends, former students, performers and publishers.

Tributes came in the form of poetry and music. Ligeti's biographer, Paul Griffiths, wrote a poem which featured none of the letters from Ligeti's name (a poem without Ligeti), and Gyorgy and Marta Kurtag played Bach together at the piano.

There was an afternoon conert at Vienna's Konzerthaus Mozart Hall which featured a number of Ligeti's works. Pierre Laurent Aimard played movements from the Musica Ricercata as well as a number of the Etudes. Other works featured included Lux Aeterna (1966) and Poem Symphonique (1962).

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