György Ligeti


Considered one of the most important post-war composers, he was a student and teacher in his native Hungary until the 1956 Revolution, when he fled to Austria. He worked in the centers of new music in Cologne, Darmstadt, Stockholm and Vienna. He is recognized mainly for his micropolyphonic technique: densely woven choral and orchestral textures that merge into fascinating sound masses; as well as for his eclecticism, his interest in aural effects and illusions, and the rhythmic experiments influenced by jazz and minimalism, which characterize his late style.