Fifth Inversion Concert - The Ligeti Reimagined Project
Time and Location
- Filigree for oboe, clarinet and bassoon by Adam Billings
- Musica Ricercata by György Ligeti (arr.Adam Billings)
The Ligeti Reimagined Project
György Ligeti’s famous 1953 wind quintet, Six Bagatelles is an arrangement that he made for winds from his solo piano work, Musica Ricercata that he composed in 1951. Ligeti only arranged six out of the eleven original movements from his piano piece for wind quintet. Musica Ricercata is a fascinating work that represents one of the first times Ligeti steps away from writing in a traditional style. Ligeti confined himself to only certain pitch classes in each movement, with each subsequent movement having exactly one more pitch class than the last. Movement I focuses on pitch class (A) only adding a (D) for the last note of the piece and by the eleventh movement he uses 12 pitch classes.
In 2019, Fifth Inversion commissioned New York composer, Adam Billings to arrange the other 5 original movements of Ligeti’s Musica Ricercata for wind quintet. The project was forced to pause during the pandemic, but was recently premiered at the 2022 International Double Reed Society Convention in Boulder, Colorado.
Adam Billings has so graciously offered his arrangements of the missing 5 movements for free to any wind player interested. Contact Adam
Due to scheduling conflicts, Fifth Inversion’s regular flutist, Lisa McCarthy and horn player, Gustavo Camacho could not attend the IDRS conference so the project continued with guest artists Kimberley Breilein on flute and John Turman on horn. We are delighted to have them join us for this concert at WWU.
Saratoga Chamber Orchestra
Pacific Northwest Opera
University of Washington