Artist: Gyorgy Ligeti|
Confronting Bodies: The Composers' Union, a committee set by the communist regieme to review music.
Date of Action: Late 1940's and Early 1950's
Specific Location: Hungary
Description of Artwork: Ligeti's music had been influenced by the works of modern composers such as Strauss and Bartok. When these were censored he turned instead to the uncensored music of the Renaissance and Middle Ages. Most of his early pieces were for chorus or experimental.
For the next several years, Legeti decided his serious works must be written in secret and were locked in his drawers. He left Hungary for the West in 1956 after the Hungarian revolt had been put down. He kept his works with him, hiding them as he crossed the boarder into Austria.
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