Pierre-Laurent Aimard's performance suggestions are based on his close collaboration with György Ligeti.
The ‘Ligeti’s comments’ function allows you to call up his corrections, additions and explanations in the interactive score, none of which are to be found in the printed score. This critical online edition, compiled by Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tobias Bleek, takes into account the following sources:
Pierre-Laurent Aimard on Ligetis performance suggestions
Suggestions from and explanations by the composer that Pierre-Laurent Aimard wrote down during their joint working sessions and reviewed for our interactive score. More information on their collaboration and the performance notes can be found in this video as well as in the section ‘Performing Ligeti’.
Revised version of the fair score, which served as a production master for publication and is preserved today in the Paul Sacher Foundation, Basel.
Pierre-Laurent Aimard on the status of dynamic markings in Etude 2
Points of reference: “Schumann and Brahms”
“make the melody sing”
“the accents and slurs produce the polyrhythmic structure”
“freely, expressive; crescendi/decrescendi”
Source: Notes by Pierre-Laurent Aimard
Ligeti’s interest in science
Reinhart Meyer-Kalkus - former coordinator of Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin and friend of the composer - speaks about Ligeti’s interest in science.