Though the circumstances of his country shut him off from many of the twentieth century's musical developments, György Kurtág is Hungary’s leading composer. He is the heir to Webernian expressionism, determined to say much with as little as possible: "One can make music out of almost nothing" (Kurtag). Thus he favours concentrated miniatures which explore a wide range of human emotions.
"A whole world of expression and suggestion can be packed into these exquisite, crystalline forms." — The Guardian
Many recent works, such as ...quasi una fantasia... (1982-1987) and Op.27 No.2 'Double Concerto' (1989-90), have added a spatial element, dispersing 'families' of instruments in different locations in the concert hall, to explore the idea of "diffused unity". His music is performed worldwide, championed by Claudio Abbado, Simon Rattle, Christoph von Dohnányi and others.
Works by Kurtág include: Messages of the Late Miss R V Troussova (1976-80) for soprano and ensemble Kafka Fragments (1985-87) for soprano and violin Stele (1994) for orchestra