5 thoughts on “György Ligeti, 1923–2006”

  1. You mean he was a hippopotamus?

    Something enormous in size or power.
    often Behemoth A huge animal, possibly the hippopotamus, described in the Bible.

    behemoth

    (Job 40:15-24). Some have supposed this to be an Egyptian word meaning a
    “water-ox.” The Revised Version has here in the margin “hippopotamus,” which is
    probably the correct rendering of the word. The word occurs frequently in
    Scripture, but, except here, always as a common name, and translated “beast” or
    “cattle.”

    from dictionary.com

    :-)

  2. I was thinking of a nonsense behemoth! One wearing a pied hat! ;)

    Then again, maybe we should just call Ligeti a giant of modern music and leave the thesaurus out of it…

  3. I doubt Mr Ligeti would have minded the behemoth comparison, he had a good sense of humour–one composition requires a loaded tea-tray to be thrown into a dustbin–and his opera, Le Grande Macabre, is a very surreal work.

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