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György Sándor Ligeti (28 May 1923 – 12 June 2006) was a Jewish Hungarian composer, widely seen as one of the great composers of instrumental music of the 20th century.
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- Now there is no taboo; everything is allowed. But one cannot simply go back to tonality, it’s not the way. We must find a way of neither going back nor continuing the avant-garde. I am in a prison: one wall is the avant-garde, the other wall is the past, and I want to escape.
- A lecture at the New England Conservatory in 1993, quoted on 
Quotes about Ligeti
- You need three or five hands to play Ligeti.
- Alfred Brendel, quoted in: "The Music of Ligeti – May 20, 2006," at aventa.ca, 2006.