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Dislocations: Reassessing Ligeti’s Many Worlds in the 21st Century

March 7 and March 8, 2018, Chicago
University of Chicago
CFP Deadline: 15 Nov 2017
CALL FOR PAPERS

The Hungarian expatriate and avant-gardist György Ligeti is one of the most performed, most recognized, and most influential composers of the postwar generation. Ligeti’s oeuvre is at once inimitable, paradoxical, and broad. Ligeti was one of twentieth-century music’s great wanderers: a Jewish refugee from Hungary, an Austrian citizen from the late 1960s, speaking multiple languages, living and teaching in multiple cities, drawing upon a great, even improbable variety of Western and non-Western musical cultures. Ligeti was serially dislocated: a cosmopolitan, an exile to the end, a belonger to many worlds.

This symposium seeks to bring together several audiences to think together about dislocation, (post)modernity, music in exile, appropriation, and Ligeti’s beguilingly paradoxical aesthetics. The symposium follows on the heels of Pierre-Laurent Aimard’s performance of several of Ligeti’s piano etudes and Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata on Tuesday March 6 and includes performances by the New Budapest Orpheum Society and Doyle Armbrust (of Spektral Quartet).

The organizers invite 20–25 minute talks and/or demonstrations from scholars and performers that reassess Ligeti’s works and worlds. We particularly welcome innovative approaches and contributions that investigate and assess the contemporaneity and global relevance of Ligeti’s music. Please submit a 250- to 500-word proposal that:

Proposals should be received by November 15, 2017. We will acknowledge receipt immediately and communicate our decision by December 15, 2017. Please send proposals to Jennifer Iverson (iversonj -at- uchicago.edu). The organizing committee also includes Seth Brodsky, Anthony Cheung, and Sam Pluta.

 

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