György Ligeti is a famous 20th century composer well known in classical music circles. In the general public, however, his work is probably best recognized from its memorable use in Stanley Kubrick’s films 2001 - A Space Odyssey, The Shining and Eyes Wide Shut.
Ligeti György Sándor was born May 28th, 1923 into a Hungarian Jewish family in Târnava-Sânmartin, Transylvania. He was the grand-nephew of violinist Leopold Auer. When he was six, his family moved to Cluj and he studied music. In 1942, he published his first work, Induló (1942). The following year he published Polifón etüd and Allegro (1943). That year, his work was interrupted by the Hungarian invasion of Northern... Read More