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Its characteristics are as follows: high-pitched, loud, short, emphatic, on the vowel /a/, a typically male openmouthed sound, according to sources listed by Fónagy (see page 43). 9 Ligeti Nouvelles Aventures 55 Ligeti's Nouvelles Aventures sound, the result of a brief burst of powerful sound energy, is an optimal signal for relatively long-distance communication. 9 The silence of the baritone that follows, lasting about nine seconds, constitutes a period of waiting. ' or 'I see you ... ' This signal is stated four more times in this scene and seven more times in the course of part I.
The identical features indicate a matching of message with the baritone. The differing features in the two signals may indicate provisionally asserted sex roles. We shall observe the persistence, or ephemerality, of these components. The third entry, that of the soprano, follows in measure 4 with an even shorter delay: about two and a half seconds. This double utterance has the novel feature of repetition of components of two earlier utterances. It indicates a careful attention paid to the two preceding signals and suggests caution (note the dynamics), empathy, introjection, learning, and/or agreement.
Her behaviour then assumes a very special kind of logic of its own and also reveals the structure of the work itself, in its remarkable combination of simplicity and complexity. 1), but seems to last longer, perhaps because of the large variety of expressions, the structure of their succession, and our response to these. J. Whitrow notes: 'Our conscious awareness of time depends on the fact that our minds operate by successive acts of attention', in particular, it is influenced by the tempo of our attention.
Alternative Voices: Essays on Contemporary Vocal and Choral Composition by Istvan Anhalt