Few works by Kurtág have gained as much immediate attention as his first major orchestral work Stele (), composed at the age of György Kurtág. Stele, for orchestra, Op. Composition Information ↓; Description ↓; Parts/Movements ↓; Appears On ↓. Share on. facebook · twitter · tumblr. György Kurtág: Stele, for orchestra, Op – Play streams in full or download MP3 from Classical Archives (), the largest and best organized.
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On top of the usual players, the composer added four Wagner tubas and more percussion instruments than are normally heard. This is not sentimental or bittersweet music; it is serious material, marking steke passing of a friend who was likewise serious about music.
Its three movements are heard in 12 minutes featuring almost relentless contrast within a cohesive framework.
Few composers from the late twentieth century have such a distinctive sound. This is cerebral music without a hint of spirituality, highly personal and revealing a background of political turmoil in the way the ideas in it never seem to come entirely out of seclusion. Part of Shostakovich ‘s strength as a composer was his ability to sound compliant with the expectations of a menacing overseer while offering a code of solidarity and compassion with his acute listeners.
Stele, for orchestra, Op. 33
He never had the same, highly publicized differences with the Soviet government that Shostakovich had, and though he wrote and published more after he was no longer living under that tyranny, the tenet of political discretion never left him. Instead, it became a more expressive. This is among the most approachable of his works and it demonstrates his artistic character in such a ,urtag that new listeners will have an easier time coming to appreciate his superb output by starting sttele.
This score was completed while he was the composer-in-residence for the Berlin Philharmonicloved by his adopted city, and completely out of danger. There are few voices from the dark times of Eastern Europe in the twentieth century that are so profoundly evocative, smart, and so gravely understated in so effective a manner.
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Kurtág, György – Stele, op. 33 – large orchestra (score)
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