Date of Degree
Joseph N. Straus
Composition | Dynamical Systems | Geometry and Topology | Music Theory
Ligeti, Piano Concerto, fractal, chaos, analysis, music
This interdisciplinary study explores musical-mathematical analogies in the fourth movement of Ligeti’s Piano Concerto. Its aim is to connect musical analysis with the piece’s mathematical inspiration. For this purpose, the dissertation is divided into two sections. Part I (Chapters 1-2) provides musical and mathematical context, including an explanation of ideas related to Ligeti’s mathematical inspiration. Part II (Chapters 3-5) delves into an analysis of the rhythm, form, melody / motive, and harmony. Appendix A is a reduced score of the entire movement, labeled according to my analysis.
Wong, Cynthia L., "The Fourth Movement of György Ligeti's Piano Concerto: Investigating the Musical-Mathematical Connection" (2016). CUNY Academic Works.