György Ligeti has passed away. Truly, one of the greatest composers in the 2nd half of the 20th century has left us. It is not expected–Ligeti was ill for several years–but it is a great loss to the world of music.
The Associated Press Obituary quotes Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel:
Many people would recognize his music from Kubrik’s 2001:A Space Odyssey and Eyes Wide Shut. The music was not written for these films, but rather appropriated (without permission) by Kubrik. Ligeti has a supreme position as one of the most innovative and imaginative composers of contemporary art music; his music is gorgeous and challenging and always rewarding to those who spend time listening.
I met Ligeti about 10 years ago, and it was a most memorable occastion, for the musical passion that seemed to form an aura about him, for his kindness to students, and for his musical intellect which was always cranking. I mourn Ligeti’s passing, and that we shall hear no new music from his superb musical imagination.