Pitch and Texture Analysis of Ligeti’s Lux Aeterna. Jan Jarvlepp. Lux Aeterna ( ) by Gyorgy Ligeti is a single movement composition of about nine minutes. Drei Phantasien Nach Friedrich Hölderlin: II. Wenn Aus Der Ferne. Cappella Amsterdam & Daniel Reuss. 6. Drei Phantasien Nach Friedrich Hölderlin: III . ‘Rules as Strict as Palestrina’s’: The Regulation of Pitch and Rhythm in Ligeti’s Requiem and Lux aeterna – Volume 10 Issue 2 – BENJAMIN R. LEVY.

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It is most famous for its use in Stanley Kubrick ‘s film Lux aeterna luceat eis, Domine, cum sanctis tuis in aeternum, quia pius es. Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine; et lux perpetua luceat eiswhich means “May everlasting light shine upon them, O Lord, with thy saints in eternity, ligeri thou art merciful.

Pitch and Texture Analysis of Ligeti’s Lux Aeterna

Grant them eternal rest, O Lord, and may everlasting light shine upon them. Lux aeterna luceat eis [m. The sopranos and altos sing very similar parts in Ligeti’s characteristic style ateerna micropolyphony. Each part has the same sequence of notes, separated by small time intervals.


The tenors enter about halfway through this section, singing in the same range as the women. Domine cum sanctis tuis in aeternum The basses enter, singing in very high falsettoshowing Ligeti’s focus on timbre and texture. This is followed by a section where only the mens’ voices sing, and then the women enter on aeeterna text ” Quia pius es.

Domine et lux perpetua luceat eis [m. All parts gradually fade, and the piece ends with seven bars of silence. It is characteristic of nearly all Ligeti’s mature works that the subdivisions of the basic beat keep changing, which contributes to their beatless, floating feeling.

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