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The composer Gyorgy Ligeti's Piano Études are considered by some scholars to be the most important contribution to the genre since the works of Chopin. But with influences as varied as sub-Saharan African music and fractal geometry, they place demands on the performer that a printed score cannot fully render.

Enter the soloist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, who worked side by side with Ligeti for 20 years, inspiring some of his most complex Études and recording his entire piano opus. Together with the website Explore the Score, which is hosted and partly sponsored by the Ruhr Piano Festival in Germany, he has created an interactive view into the technical, stylistic and historical considerations that shape these works. The German-language site has been up since mid-April, and the English-language version went live on Wednesday.

The platform includes synchronized scores; performances filmed from three different angles; video commentary from Mr. Aimard and other artists and composers close to Ligeti, who died in 2006; excerpts of master classes on Ligeti's piano music; and previously unpublished manuscripts from the Paul Sacher Foundation in Switzerland. Currently featuring material on the Étude No. 13 ("L'escalier du Diable") and Musica Ricercata No. 1, the site will, over the course of the year, add three more pieces each from the Études and the Musica Ricercata, as well as further interviews and manuscripts.  

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