- Please inform me of any textual evidence or transcript of Ligeti for this quote:
This piece reminds me of a lecture I heard Gyorgy Ligeti give on his woodwind quintet. He wrote a melody for the horn. Why? he asked. Because, he declared ecstatically, it is forbidden for modern music to have melodies. Xenakis wrote Jonchaies about four or five years later. I wonder if he wrote these snatches of melody with the same subversive glee. I also wonder if it is humanly impossible to play the parts as written.
Some Post-/Modernist Music do shirk melodies , but not all do? Has anyone a convincing counterexample by a composer who composed atonal gratingly dissonant music? Can't 'tone rows' (and their transformations) be judged as melodies?
Why did Ligeti write a melody then, if he truly believed this? As an act of defiance or rebellion?