Talk About Ligeti at Trinity

Talk About Ligeti at Trinity

Musicologist Wolfgang Marx will give a talk on the Hungarian composer's late music at Trinity College, Dublin, on 5 April.

György Ligeti

Wolfgang Marx, musicologist and Senior Lecturer at UCD, will give the last talk of the 2011/12 academic year at the Music Composition Centre in Trinity College, Dublin, on 5 April from 4pm to 6pm, in the Trinity Long Room Hub. The talk, about the Hungarian composer György Ligeti, is entitled ‘ “How I wonder what you’re at!”: The Nonsense Madrigals in the Context of Ligeti’s Late Oeuvre’.

The talk is based on recent research undertaken by Marx into Ligeti’s sketches at the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel, and will focus on Ligeti’s compositional process. Marx is Co-Editor, alongside the composer’s assistant of twenty years, Louise Duchesneau, of the recent essay anthology György Ligeti: Of Foreign Lands and Strange Sounds, which features contributions from such eminent Ligeti scholars as Richard Steinetz and Paul Griffiths, and from such significant figures from the composer’s life as Simha Arom, the ethnomusicologist who introduced Ligeti to the music of Sub-Saharan Africa.  

Entrance to Marx’s Trinity talk is free, but tickets must be reserved by emailing Claire Hefferon at compcent [at]

Published on 4 April 2012

Stephen Graham is a lecturer in music at Goldsmiths, University of London. He blogs at

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