KURTÁG - JÁTÉKOK 10 - SPIELE 10 - GAMES X / zongorára - für Klavier - for piano / Universal Music Publishing / Editio Musica Budapest / Z. 15150 / Paperback

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KURTÁG - JÁTÉKOK 10 - SPIELE 10 - GAMES X / zongorára - für Klavier - for piano / Universal Music Publishing / Editio Musica Budapest / Z. 15150 / Paperback

ISBN: 9790080151501/ 979-0080151501

Printed in Hungary

Pages 72


Játékok (Hungarian: Games) is an ongoing collection of "pedagogical performance pieces" by György Kurtág. He has been writing them since 1973. Ten volumes had been published as of 2021 (by Editio Musica Budapest). Volumes I, II, III, V, VI, VII, IX and X are for piano solo. Volumes IV and VIII are for piano 4-hands or two pianos.

Volume I was essentially completed in 1973 but not published until 1979, by which time Volumes II, III and IV had also been composed. Volumes V and VI were published in 1997, Volume VII in 2003, Volume VIII in 2010, Volume IX in 2017, and Volume X in 2021.

Several pieces from the collection have started to be regularly performed, including a Prelude and Chorale, an Antiphon in F, and one called 3 in memoriam.


A zongorára szánt Játékok 1973-tól íródó sorozata eredetileg zongoraiskolának készült, az eltelt évtizedek alatt azonban a sorozat elvesztette didaktikus jellegét, és Kurtág zeneszerzői műhelyének dokumentumává vált, amely kulcsot ad nagy formátumú szimfonikus, kamara- és vokális műveihez is.
A X. kötet két részre osztható: Első felében régebbi, eddig kiadatlanul maradt darabok sorakoznak az 1943-ban írott Szvittől az 1980-as évekig, betekintést nyújtva Kurtág zenei nyelvének kialakulásába. A kötet második felében 2002 és 2011 között komponált darabok szerepelnek. A gyakran aforisztikus rövidségű tételek az európai zenetörténet számos jelenségére hivatkozó asszociációkat rejtenek, jelentős részük hommage- vagy in memoriam-tétel, személyre szóló, szubjektív üzenet barátoknak, kollégáknak, szeretett családtagoknak - s rajtuk keresztül minden zenét szerető embernek.




György Kurtág: Suite
György Kurtág: Darling
György Kurtág: Valse de guerre des Kabânaas
György Kurtág: With love to Barnabás Dukay
György Kurtág: Sound-filtering [2]
György Kurtág: Flower
György Kurtág: fly slowly and sing for long, My dying swan, my fair memory! ...
György Kurtág: ... tousling and rolling ...
György Kurtág: ... memories, little tin soldiers ... 3rd version
György Kurtág: Magdi-memory ... -- alio modo
György Kurtág: In the memory of Gabi Máriássy
György Kurtág: *** (to Márta)
György Kurtág: To Janka Szendrei, for her birthday
György Kurtág: ... per Luciana ...
György Kurtág: Henri Pousseur in memoriam
György Kurtág: ... Darling -- two - three ...
György Kurtág: ... an Dieter Schnebel 80
György Kurtág: Message-esquisse
György Kurtág: Message-esquisse -- alio modo
György Kurtág: In memoriam László Ferenc
György Kurtág: Babysitters dancing on the carpet
György Kurtág: ... and yet another letter to Péter Eötvös
György Kurtág: The memory of a pure soul -- Klári Schiff in memoriam
György Kurtág: Hommage a Scarlatti II -- alio modo
György Kurtág: Valse sentimentale -- Hommage a Ravel
György Kurtág: ... a little song for the 4th of July and on Vera's name ...
György Kurtág: Petrovics Emil in memoriam
György Kurtág: ... un pezzo silenzioso ...
György Kurtág: Dialogue -- Bálint Varga 70
György Kurtág: A window on the corridor ...
György Kurtág: Impromptu -- all'ongherese
György Kurtág: ... just so ...
György Kurtág: A Sketch Leaf [rough -- raw]



  • EAN: 9790080151501
  • ISBN: 979-0-080-15150-1
  • Publisher code: Z 15150
  • Editorial: Budapest Music Edition
  • Closes edit: 2021
  • Language: English German Hungarian
  • Number of pages: 72




Kurtág began the composition of Játékok to try to recapture something of the spirit of a child's play. He started with a few ideas set out in the foreword to the first four volumes:

The idea of composing Játékok was suggested by children playing spontaneously, children for whom the piano still means a toy. They experiment with it, caress it, attack it and run their fingers over it. They pile up seemingly disconnected sounds, and if this happens to arouse their musical instinct they look consciously for some of the harmonies found by chance and keep repeating them.

Thus, this series does not provide a tutor, nor does it simply stand as a collection of pieces. It is possibly for experimenting and not for learning “to play the piano”. Pleasure in playing, the joy of movement – daring and if need be fast movement over the entire keyboard right from the first lessons instead of the clumsy groping for keys and the counting of rhythms – all these rather vague ideas lay at the outset of the creation of this collection.

Playing is just playing. It requires a great deal of freedom and initiative from the performer. On no account should the written image be taken seriously but the written image must be taken extremely seriously as regards the musical process, the quality of sound and silence. We should trust the picture of the printed notes and let it exert its influence upon us. The graphic picture conveys an idea about the arrangement in time of the even the most free pieces. We should make use of all that we know and remember of free declamation, folk-music, parlando-rubato, of Gregorian chant, and of all that improvisational musical practice has ever brought forth. Let us tackle bravely even the most difficult task without being afraid of making mistakes: we should try to create valid proportions, unity and continuity out of the long and short values – just for our own pleasure!










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