Musicological Conference on the 90th Birthday of György Kurtág

2–3, June 2015

Program of the conference

Video recordings of the papers on (coming soon):

Pál Richter: Opening of the conference (Director of the Institute of Musicology RCH HAS)

Paul Griffiths: On hearing György Kurtág reading Samuel Beckett (Keynote)

Analytical approaches

Julia Galieva: Pitch organization in the works by Kurtág, Stravinsky, and Denisov: Folk ritual and its modern reconstruction

Zoltán Farkas: “I had a lot of difficulties with the form of Colindă-Baladă”: Kurtág’s approach to large-scale form

Laurentiu Beldean: A cross-reading in the music of Games by György Kurtág: The variety of the pictural line and its forms, noticeable through the game theory

Liu Xueyang: From the moment of splitting: The challenge of Kurtág’s Gestalt und Geist (Hölderlin-Gesänge, op. 35a, no. 3) in analytical aspects


Tobias Bleek: Composing and performing musical gestures: Some remarks on Kurtág’s notation

Márta Grabócz: Introduction to a typology of expressive gestures and genres in the early works of György Kurtág (op. 1 – op. 7)

Ulrich Mosch: Music as gesture: Reflections around Jelek VI (1961/1995)

Simone Hohmaier: Composed gesture in György Kurtág’s oeuvre

Iulia Anda Mogoşan: György Kurtág as “master of the intermittent gesture”

Stephen Blum & Grégoire Tosser: “Erstarren”: Petrification and numbness in György Kurtág’s music

Dina Lentsner: “Nakedness” as Kurtág’s confessional fiction

Context and influences

Richard Kurth: Kurtág’s aphoristic reflex: Constellations of poetic and vocal presence in the Attila József Fragments

Bianca Ţiplea Temeş: The impossible wedding of the Moon and Sun:

A Romanian archaic myth in Colindă Baladă by György Kurtág

Anna Dalos: The role of Hungarian folk music in Kurtág’s compositions

Marilena Laterza: “They come / different and the same:” Rewriting as a creative practice in György Kurtág’s music

Hugues Seress: The legacy of Nyugat movement in Kurtág’s musical thinking: The figures of Twilight (Alkony) and Nothingness (Semmiség) in opus 8 and 44

Márton Kerékfy: Ligeti and Kurtág: Parallel lives

Joachim Junker: Omaggio a Luigi Nono – Omaggio a György Kurtág

Tünde Szitha: “...courage to work with even fewer notes.” György Kurtág and the New Music Studio in Budapest


Péter Halász: Kafka-Fragmente: Text and genesis

Karl Katschthaler: The (im)possibility of narration: Latent theatricality in the music of György Kurtág

Martin Parker Dixon: Kafka, Kurtág, and parabolic truth

William Kinderman: Kurtág’s Kafka: Paradox in the Kafka Fragments

Małgorzata Lisecka: Narrative strategies in György Kurtág’s Kafka-Fragmente

Martin Scheuregger: The fragment as agent of unity in Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments