Requiem for György Ligeti is a giant music box created in memory of composer Gyorgy Ligeti, who died in June 2006. It was inspired by Ligeti’s Poem Symphonique, which involved 100 wind-up metronomes being set off at once. The Requiem was originally a part of Pandoras Box, a group installation that opened at the CalArts Main Gallery in March, 2007.
Listen to Requiem for György Ligeti
“Requiem for Györgi Ligeti” by Daniel Corral
Requiem for György Ligeti is a 30″x30″x8″ walnut box with 100 music box movements inside it. All 100 of the music box movements began as one of 10 familiar tunes, such as Yesterday, A Whole New World, or Wagner’s Wedding March, but the mechanisms have been altered so that each individual movement is playing something unique and unrecognizable.