The work was composed from to ,  shortly after the composer began lecturing at the Budapest Academy of Music. Although the ricercata or ricercar is an established contrapuntal style and the final movement of the work is in that form , Ligeti's title should probably be interpreted literally as "researched music" or "sought music". This work captures the essence of Ligeti's search to construct his own compositional style ex nihilo ,  and as such presages many of the more radical directions Ligeti would take in the future. In response to a request by the Jeney Quintet, six of the movements were arranged for wind quintet as Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet An important global structural feature of Musica ricercata is that Ligeti confines himself to only certain pitch classes in each movement, with each subsequent movement having exactly one more pitch class than the last. The pitch classes found in each movement are as follows:.
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All available downloads. Description An irresistible elemental power emanates from the eleven pieces of the Musica Ricercata composed between and The effect that he achieves with just a few tones is inspiring. In the first piece, he uses one tone to which is added another tone at the end. In the second piece, the music consists of three tones, in the third of four, up to twelve tones in the eleventh piece.