György Ligeti

György Ligeti was catapulted into the spotlight when Stanley Kubrick — famously and without permission — used his music in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Ligeti went on to become a leading light of 20th century modernism, frequently building giant structures by paying close attention to music’s tiniest details. Ligeti’s diabolical etude The Devil’s Staircase will be performed by piano superstar Jeremy Denk.  Towards the end of his life Ligeti dedicated himself to writing two books of some of the most exhilarating and difficult piano etudes ever.  In this etude – miraculously – the notes always seem always to be going straight up.