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György Ligeti: Piano Works

Pierre-Laurent Aimard discusses L’escalier du diable (Screenshot)Performing suggestions and explanations of Ligeti’s piano works

Anybody who plays György Ligeti’s piano works discovers a colourful musical cosmos but is confronted at the same time with various challenges. While parts of the Musica ricercata collection can be mastered by young players, some of the highly virtuosic piano études present even experienced pianists with seemingly insurmountable tasks.


On the following pages, Pierre-Laurent Aimard talks about his close collaboration with György Ligeti and introduces selected piano works based on a preoccupation with the composer’s music that spans three decades. In introductory videos, Aimard provides insights into the composer’s own ideas and wishes as well as discussing musical and technical problems and general performance issues.


Over the course of 2015, the “Performing Ligeti” section will be supplemented by material on the following works: Études Nos. 4, 8 und 12 and Musica ricercata Nos. 3, 5 and 7.

Performing Ligeti

Ligeti & Aimard

Musica ricercata No. 1

Musica ricercata No. 7

Étude 13:

L’escalier du diable

Inside the score

Performing Ligeti

Education projects


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