A founding member of the New Music Studio along László Vidovsky, Péter Eötvös and László Sáry, Zoltán Jeney (born 1943) was one of the composers who, thanks to his trips to Rome, Darmstadt, Stockholm, Warsaw, Paris, etc, as a performer or composer, helped update Hungarian music with contemporary Western techniques like serialism, aleatoric or electronic music, and free local composers from the influence of Bartok and Kodaly. In the 1970s, Jeney transcribed found texts, meteorological data, solitaire and chess games moves or telexes into music and, under the influence of John Cage, Christian Wolff, Morton Feldman and Oriental philosophy, composed a series of minimalist works for unusual instrumentation, a selection of which is offered on this disc.
♫ This 1979 LP, one of the most radical on Hungaroton’s catalog at the time, collects compositions from 1973-78, with members of the New Music Studio performing under Jeney’s direction. Impho 102-6 is a timeless, repetitive piece played on shimmering and resonating metallic plates. Orpheus’ Garden is a peaceful and subdued composition for a small orchestra of 8 instruments, each competing in playing the softest notes possible from their respective instrument, in a very Feldman-esque configuration. The quite uncompromising and radical A Hundred Years’ Average confronts computer sine waves with viola glissandos processed through ring modulator, before the solo piano of End Game returns to Morton Feldman influences.
- Impho 102-6 (9:19)
For six ancient plates
- Orpheus’ Garden (15:14)
For 8 instruments (flute, piano, electric organ,
clarinet, harpsichord, cello, viola, accordion)
- A Hundred Years’ Average (18:00)
For viola, 2 sine wave generators and ring modulator
- End Game (7:52)
Total time 50:25
LP released by Hungaroton, Budapest, Hungary, 1979
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