I just heard from Louisa Spier, of San Francisco Symphony. She wrote to say they just released some tickets for the concerts tonight and tomorrow. Click here for the link to tickets. GO GO GO. Really. GO. If you don’t like it then … well … I can’t like you. It’s really as simple as that.

Okay, I’ll still like you. But I’ll argue with you. Argerich is amazing and the Ligeti is something else.

Now for the “Inside Scoop” from Louisa:

Also, this morning I learned an interesting tidbit about a member of the chorus who prepared an oboe playing an A in an MP4 file on an ipod, the earbuds of which some choristers had hidden in their ears during the performance of Ligeti’s Requiem. They could turn the volume up as needed for a shot of oboe to keep them on key during the challenging performance. I thought your Oboe Insiders/Insighters might like to know that.

I had wondered how in the WORLD they could pick out pitches in the work. Now I understand. (Some folks have perfect pitch, but the rest of us do need help on occasion!) The notes really do matter in the Ligeti. They matter a lot. Unlike a work I looked at today where, I’m most certain, a player could play a wrong note and no one — including the composer — would know. (Those kinds of works bug me. But I won’t say more for now.)

So anyway, get to the symphony concert. K? 🙂


  1. Fascinating… thanks for posting! Wow pitch and Ligeti… I’m still getting used to the idea. I think it’s difficult for my brain to wrap around, since I’m really not used to this kind of music. But I found it oddly profound, despite my tendency to want to hate it.

    I’m going to blog about it, hopefully I’ll finish by tonight. omg it’s 9 pm already!! I loathe the time change as well.

  2. I’m not always into newer music, but there was something about the Ligeti … haunting and painful and, well, seemed appropriate for a Requiem. But maybe that’s just me reading too much into it!

    We were visiting our older son in San Francisco today, so fortunately I’m so darn tired already I just might get to bed earlier than usual and adapt faster to this stupid time change. But I still think they (whoever they are!) shouldn’t have moved it so early.

    I look forward to reading your blog!