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I have been studying Atmospheres by Ligeti lately, and I have a number of observations and questions. Maybe you all can help me.
1. How much of the micropolyphony does Ligeti expect to be heard. After rehearsal C, The flute is below G4 and is barely audible. Even though all the other instruments are ppp, the clarinet is in the meat of its register and will bury the flute. Even considering the "coloring" the flute will lend to the sound of the orchestration, he has everyone playing one to a part. I just do not see the purpose.
My other questions are all based on my surface understanding of the piece and not as philosophical. I do not wish to embarrass myself here by voicing questions that I will answer through more study....