The M.C.Escher of Music?

From David Bruce Composer.

Who is the master of musical illusions? The Music equivalent of M.C.Escher? Escher himself would probably say J.S.Bach but in this video I make the case for Hungarian composer György Ligeti, whose work is full of Musical Illusions. In this video I look at the following musical illusions:

03:36 The Infinite Loop Illusion (The Shepard Tone)
06:37 The Risset Tone
07:31 Multiple Speeds illusion
09:20 The Imaginary Melody Illusion
11:22 The Negative Space Illusion
12.54 Frozen Time Illusion
15:15 Fractal Spiral Illusion

Finally I question why there is a difference in reception – Ligeti highly respected in the music establishment, but less well known to the general public, whereas Escher is hugely popular with the public and somewhat looked down on by the establishment. Why??

Thanks to Ptit Rockeur and Sintagma Piano Duo for permission to include clips of their music

#ligeti #musicalillusions

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6 Bagatelles for wind quintet
Complete Etudes
Ligeti Étude Nr. 1 "Désordre"
Ligeti Studies Book 1
Yuja Wang plays Ligeti’s Fanfares
Ligeti Devil’s Staircase
Piano Concerto
Chamber Concerto
Samuel Andreyev’s Analysis of Ligeti’s Chamber Concerto:


Risset rhythms
Auditory Streams in Ligeti’s Continuum: A Theoretical and Perceptual Approach
Diana Deutsch has a lot of research on musical illusions
Mandelbrot zoom