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Lamento - Tempo giusto, intense e barbaro from Sonata for solo viola

György Ligeti (b. 1923 - d. 2006)

Lilli Maijala

Lilli Maijala

Composer
György Ligeti (b. 1923 - d. 2006)
Composition Year
1991-4
Artists
Lilli Maijala [viola]

Programme Note Writer:
© Francis Humphrys


Lamento – Tempo giusto, intense e barbaro from Sonata for solo viola [1991-4]

Ligeti was inspired to write his Sonata for solo viola on hearing Tabea Zimmermann play – robust and powerful, yet always tender. Tongue-in-cheek he described the sound of its lowest string as solid, a little husky, with an aftertaste of wood, earth and tannic acidity. The Lamento movement is robust with its repeated opening motif with its strong folk links before moving to the mysterious whispering harmonics and a quiet close.

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Lamento - Tempo giusto, intense e barbaro from Sonata for solo viola

Composer: György Ligeti (b. 1923 - d. 2006)
Performance date: Wednesday 6th July 2016
Venue: Maritime Hotel, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,

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Composer György Ligeti (b. 1923 - d. 2006)
Work Title Lamento - Tempo giusto, intense e barbaro from Sonata for solo viola
Composition Year 1991-4
Artist(s) Lilli Maijala [viola]
Performance Date Wednesday 6th July 2016
Performance Venue Maritime Hotel, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland,
Event Main Evening Concert
Duration 00:03:30
Recording Engineer Richard McCullough, RTÉ lyric fm
Instrumentation Category Solo
Instrumentation va
Programme Note Writer © Francis Humphrys

Lamento – Tempo giusto, intense e barbaro from Sonata for solo viola [1991-4]

Ligeti was inspired to write his Sonata for solo viola on hearing Tabea Zimmermann play – robust and powerful, yet always tender. Tongue-in-cheek he described the sound of its lowest string as solid, a little husky, with an aftertaste of wood, earth and tannic acidity. The Lamento movement is robust with its repeated opening motif with its strong folk links before moving to the mysterious whispering harmonics and a quiet close.