November 23, 2004

No Ligeti

This should probably go under the previous entry, but the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is playing Ligeti's "Atmospheres" this weekend, along with Strauss's "Also sprach Zarathustra," Martinsson's Trumpet Concerto No. 1, and Beethoven's "Leonore" Overture No. 3. It looks like an interesting modernist symphony program, but I will miss it.

("Ligeti" seems to be accented on the first syllable.)

Posted by Matt Weiner at November 23, 2004 10:24 AM

And you couldn't think of even *one* lout who might have been in attendance?

Posted by: Blitzey D. Medishee at November 23, 2004 04:00 PM

I can't tell you how good it feels to know that someone appreciates what I'm trying to do here....

Posted by: Matt Weiner at November 24, 2004 09:44 PM

I thought Ligeti's name was accented on the second syllable. That's how our choral director pronounced it. I can't remember what we sang of his -- I think it was some kind of Hungarian madrigals, whimsical and hard to understand (even aside from their being in Hungarian).

Posted by: Jamie at November 28, 2004 06:33 PM

I had thought so too, but everyone in Milwaukee seems to be pronouncing it the other way, including the people who were playing the horn trio the other month. Anyway, there's no joke if it's accented on the second syllable, and that's enough reason for me to think that the correct pronounciation is the Milwaukeean one.

Posted by: Matt Weiner at November 28, 2004 09:59 PM

Huh. Well, this dictionary agrees with you Milwaukeeans.
Unfortunately, I don't get the joke.

Posted by: Jamie at November 29, 2004 06:13 PM

It's about this song. I don't really know what most of that means. (Hope you aren't too chagrined at the amount of time you've spent to find out how self-indulgent this blog is.)

Posted by: Matt Weiner at November 29, 2004 06:40 PM

Gorecki's name is pronounced the same way. (Accent on the first syllable, that is.)

Posted by: ben wolfson at November 30, 2004 11:20 AM