Oblong folio, pp. 55, , with 7” vinyl in envelope at rear; colour illustrations; in black calf with inlaid copper by Luigi Castiglioni (turn-ins signed ‘Castiglioni’ and ‘X · 2019’ in blind), upper board lettered ‘Artikulation’ and ‘György Ligeti’ in onlaid black calf mottled with copper and silver respectively, brick-red calf doublures, black suede endleaves, housed in a black calf-backed clamshell box with black coppered paper sides, copper-tooled, onlaid calf lettering and copper inlay to spine, lined with black suede.
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Artikulation: Elektronische Musik, eine Hörpartitur von Rainer Wehinger / Artikulation: Electronic Music, an aural Score by Rainer Wehinger.
First edition of the graphic Hörpartitur to Ligeti’s ground-breaking electronic composition, with a vinyl recording of the piece, number 186 of 200 copies signed and numbered by the composer, in a striking design binding by the acclaimed contemporary bookbinder and musicologist Luigi Castiglioni.
Composed and recorded in early 1958, Artikulation is a comic pendant to the composer’s Gesang, a piece in which synthetic sounds mimic vocal behaviour. It consists of combinations of sounds forming ‘a conversation without words’ (Morin). In contrast to the charts and tables of Ligeti’s original notation (here partially reproduced), Rainer Wehinger’s 1970 Hörpartitur or ‘score for listening’ – approved by the composer – uses graphic representations of the sounds to produce an aesthetic transcription which can be followed alongside the recording.
See Morin, Classical Music: The Listener’s Companion (2002), p. 515.
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