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His central problem with both was their use of pre-compositional systems.

Le Grand Macabre (libretto)

In the first four years alone it had seven productions in five languages, each with a different director, Such sustained success for a contemporary opera is unusual. In contrast, what Ligeti was doing in Le Grand Macabre was composing an “anti-anti-opera”, as his biographer Richard Steinitz says.

Shapely and attractive figure Retrieved from ” https: Suddenly we see a gigantic head hanging in the air. Scene from a production at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Calming chords and low string harmonics are accompanied by prominent harmonicasetting the scene for the post-cataclysmic landscape.

Farewell in cheerfulness, farewell! When a wave of liberalism swept through Budapest inRussia sent in tanks, and whilst the border with Austria was temporarily open, Ligeti escaped with somerefugees. The libretto blends moments of Falstaffian pretension with silent-screen slapstick, constantly poking fun at human foibles. Farewell till then, live merrily in cheerfulness! Such listings Ligeti continued for the rest of his life.

He maintains that he is the figure of Death who has come to Breugelland in order to wipe out the entire population and thereby also the whole of mankind with the aid of a comet that very day at midnight. Only a few notes need be changed to perform the opera in any of these languages. Ligeti, looking for something “cruel and frightening based on the pictures of Breughel and Bosch”, could not have found better source material in De Ghelderode’s grotesque cavalcade of a play.


Preoccupied with other compositions, it made no progress.

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Drafted into a Jewish labour battalion inhis involvement in the war was mercifully short-lived, although often hazardous and surreal. Scene Two In the house of the court astrologer Librettp The sadistic Mescalina macahre her husband Astradamors under her thumb.

The comet glows brightly and Saturn falls out of its ring in the stage’s brightly lit sky. Its dramatic and musical grotesqueries aren’t just there to create a clever-clever contemporary parody, they create a work that has a complete expressive world.

Co-director Valentina Carrasco introduces the staging. As a child he was fascinated by Romanian folk culture, and his schooling was conducted in its language, Then in Hitler forced Romania to return lkbretto northern half of Transylvania to Hungary and, whilst preparing for his final exams, Ligeti suddenly found he that he had to take them in Hungarian.

They do so, but force Go-go to mount a giant rocking horse for his “riding lesson. The entire cast encourages the audience: Squeek out your dying wish, you pig! Wary, however, of cultural as well as political dictatorship, Ligeti steered his own path.

By the time he had graduated and became a teacher at the Academy, the communists had the country in their grip. Indeed, it was ggrand by English National Opera.


The curtain opens to the throne roomwhere two politicians dance a lopsided waltz and exchange insults in alphabetical order. From here onward, Ligeti adopts a more eclectic manner, re-examining tonality and modality in his own words, “non- atonal ” music. Chamber Music and Ensembles.

Having rapidly absorbed the new aesthetic, he soon became one of their most charismatic protagonists. Scene Four A graveyard Piet and Astradamors believe themselves to be dead and imagine they are in heaven, while Go-Go granf he is the only survivor.

In Breughelland in some century or other. It splits apart, and gradually decomposes.

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The avant-garde was splintering and Ligeti felt detached. He was born in in one of several Hungarian enclaves remaining in Transylvania, after it was ceded to Romania following the first World War. My wife is dead, hurray! These epic allegories, depicting brutality, licentiousness and excess, are more characteristic of medieval than renaissance art. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. With his co-librettist, Michael Meschke, who also directed the first production, Ligeti updated the drama’s bawdiness garnd brutality, writing lines like “Stupid dickhead make your prick red!

Astramadors, dressed in dragunenthusiastically begs for more.