North River Music Season 25: Jenny Lin Performs An All-Ligeti Program, March 31

Greenwich House Music School (GHMS) presented an all-Ligeti program by one of today’s most respected young pianists, Jenny Lin, on Thursday, March 31 at 8 p.m.

Featuring ten of György Ligeti’s Études pour Piano, Musica ricercata, and Continuum for Harpsichord

Read a Review of her performance.

Hailed as “brilliant” and “beautifully attentive” (Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times), Lin performed ten of György Ligeti’s Études pour piano (1985-2001), as well as his Continuum for Harpsichord (1968), and Musica ricercata (1951-3).

The concert was presented as part of the 25th anniversary season of North River Music – one of New York City’s first concert series devoted to new and experimental music, founded by Frank Wigglesworth in 1985. The concert will be followed immediately by a reception.

Written between 1985 and 2001, Ligeti’s Études pour piano (Book I, 1985; Book II, 1988–94; Book III, 1995–2001) are considered by many as the best piano works of the last 50 years. Combining virtuoso technical problems with new ideas, they draw from such diverse sources as gamelan, one of his favorite jazz pianists, Thelonious Monk, African polyrhythms, Bartók, Conlon Nancarrow and Bill Evans. Jenny Lin will perform Etudes No. 1,3,4,7,8,11,13,16,17, and 18.

Continuum for harpsichord (1968) was dedicated to the contemporary harpsichordist, Antoinette Vischer. Around the time of writing Continuum, Ligeti turned away from total chromaticism and began to concentrate on rhythm, and the work is described by the composer as “a series of sound impulses in rapid succession which create the impression of continuous sound.”

Musica ricercata (1951-1953) is a set of eleven pieces. Although the ricercata (or ricercar) is an established contrapuntal style (and the final movement of the work is in that form), Ligeti's title can be interpreted literally as "researched music" or "sought music.” This work captures the essence of Ligeti's search to construct his own compositional style, and as such foreshadows many of the more radical directions Ligeti would take in the future. Another important feature of the piece is that the composer confines himself to certain pitch classes in each movement, with each subsequent movement having exactly one more pitch class than the last.

VENUE: Renee Weiler Concert Hall, Greenwich House Music School
46 Barrow Street (between Bedford St. & 7th Ave. S), NYC

TICKETS: $15 General Admission/$10 Students/Seniors
For more information: (212) 242-4770

About the Artist:

Jenny Lin is one of the most respected young pianists today, admired for her adventurous programming and charismatic stage presence. Her ability to combine classical and contemporary literature has brought her to the attention of international critics and audiences. She has been acclaimed for her "remarkable technical command" and "a gift for melodic flow" by The New York Times. The Washington Post praises "Lin's confident fingers...
spectacular technique..." and Gramophone Magazine has hailed her as "an exceptionally sensitive pianist.”

She has appeared with orchestras worldwide and her concerts have taken her to Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Kennedy Center, Miller Theatre, MoMA, Whitney Museum, (Le) Poisson Rouge, National Gallery of Art, Corcoran Gallery, Spivey Hall, University of Chicago Presents, Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and Paris' Salle Cortot. Festivals such as at Chopin Festival, Flanders Festival, Shanghai New Music, Potsdam Festival, Winnipeg New Music, BAM's Next Wave, Spoleto and Portland International Piano Festival. Upcoming performances include Mostly Mozart at Lincoln Center, San Francisco Performances, Freer Gallery of Art, and Strathmore.

As one of the most sought-after players of the music of our time, Jenny has numerous premieres and dedications to her credit, as well as an extensive discography on Hanssler Classic, Koch/E1, BIS Records, and Sunrise Records. Upcoming releases include Federico Mompou's Musica Callada on the newly launched Steinway & Sons label and Xavier Montsalvatge's Concerto Breve with NDR Radiophilharmonie. Born in Taiwan and raised in Austria, Jenny studied at the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna and the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. She currently resides in New York City.

Born in Transylvania, Romania, György Ligeti (1923-2006) studied composition with Ferenc Farkas in Klausenburg and Sandor Veress in Budapest. He was a lecturer at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music (1950-56) before fleeing Hungary in 1956 to work in the electronics studio of the WDR, Cologne. He subsequently taught at the Darmstadt Summer courses and the Stockholm Academy of Music, was a DAAD-scholar in Berlin, and composer-in-residence at Stanford University, California. In 1973 he became Professor of Composition at Hamburg Musikhochschule and caused a considerable sensation with his works for orchestra, Apparitions (1958-59) and Atmospheres (1961). Atmosphères (1961), along with Requiem (1963-65) and Lux aeterna (1966), was chosen by Stanley Kubrick to be included in the soundtrack for his film 2001 - A Space Odyssey. In the 1980s Ligeti developed a new polyrhythmic composition technique which led to the highly complex polyphony of his Piano-Etudes (1985) and his Piano Concerto (1985-88). Ligeti is a fellow of the Order Pour le mérite for Science and Arts and has won numerous prizes including the Grawemeyer Award in 1986. He was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Philharmonic Society and was winner of the Praemium Imperiale, Tokyo in 1991.

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