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Gyorgy Ligeti
May 28, 1923 - June 12, 2006
Nationality: Hungarian
Category: Composer
Subcategory: Hungarian Composer

First of all I listen to music. I like music.


If you come from Paris to Budapest you think you are in Moscow.


I lived under the Nazis and under the Communists.


I write bars, for the musicians, because they have to be together.


New York is the dream world, the center of jazz and rock.


But I do not want to use Hungarian verses for British people.


Perhaps the better word is emotional yes, I am an emotional man.


People often thought Leopold Auer was Russian because he lived in St. Petersburg so long, almost fifty years.


I don't use old music.


Then, after the war it was impossible to travel, after so many years of Hitler and Stalin.


My grandfather was not a musician but he was an artist - a painter, a decorative painter.


For the past ten years I have had no financial problems.


Steinberg is great. I should like to meet him.


I like to stay home and listen to recordings.


But if you go from Moscow to Budapest you think you are in Paris.


There is a wonderful Hungarian literature, especially in lyric poetry.


Yes, fractals are what I want to find in my music.


I don't read such boring things. Life is too short.


When I was younger I was completely without money - when I was studying in Budapest, when I was a refugee.


Once, in London, the BBC asked me what was my favorite English book. I said Alice in Wonderland.


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