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As the overture ends, Piet the Pot, “by trade wine taster,” in the country of Breughelland named after the artist that loosely inspired itappears to deliver a drunken lament, complete with hiccups. Nekrotzar proclaims the end of the world. With his co-librettist, Michael Meschke, who also directed the first production, Ligeti updated the maacabre bawdiness and brutality, writing lines like “Stupid dickhead make your prick red!

No one knows when his hour will fall; And when it comes then let it be. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. And “since two successive ‘antis’ cancel each other out, an ‘anti-anti-opera’ must be … well, opera! Preoccupied with other compositions, it made no progress.

Le Grand Macabre

He presents himself as being as painful and terrifying as cancer, but in the end is just a damp squib, like a bout of flatulence. From here onward, Ligeti adopts a more eclectic manner, re-examining tonality and modality in his own words, “non- atonal ” music.

This body is not at its peak: This feeling sets off a profound anxiety in the body, and it starts to disintegrate.


Some are undisguised pastiche; some are transformed into Ligetiesque vignettes of often beguiling beauty; the majority merely colour its palette. Schabernack brings in the two ministers, who beg lkbretto mercy. Farewell till then, live merrily in cheerfulness! Our vast librdtto which is in fact only a symbol of ourselves lets the characters of the piece walk all over it, manipulate it and inhabit it, and the hypothetical?

Le Grand Macabre Libretto

These suggest, very abstractly, a barren modern landscape and a traffic jam of sorts. The prince grows hungry, so the politicians tempt him with a gluttonous feast to which the fat but boyish monarch sings an impassioned ode.

Chamber Music and Ensembles. He was born in in one of several Hungarian enclaves remaining in Transylvania, after it was ceded to Romania following the first World War. For all is now in order! Nekrotzar announces that he will destroy the world, but falls asleep in a drunken stupor.

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A lone metronomewhose regular tempo ignores that of the rest of the orchestra, joins in. After his death, what Ligeti had toyed with so long was taken up with unseemly alacrity one might think by his pupil Unsuk Chin, whose Alice in Wonderland was premiered in Munich in Car Horn Prelude 2.

Gepopo, Chief of the Secret Police, comes to warn Go-Go that an angry mob is on its way to the palace. Our stomachs go into spasm and spew out our fear, while our blood rushes to our heads like a flock of panic-stricken sheep, hurrying to get nowhere and making our brains explode.


Nekrotzar, making frenzied proclamations, dons his gruesome gear, accompanied by ever more chaotic orchestra, women’s choir, and a bass trombone hidden on a balcony, his characteristic macbare.

Indeed, it was commissioned by English National Opera. If there was any possibility of writing music for the opera house in the lateth-century, the end-point seemed to have been reached in Mauricio Kagel’s unclassifiable stage-work, Staatstheater.

Nekrotzar awakens from his drunken sleep and is very disappointed to find that he has not destroyed the world. Scene Two In the house of the court astrologer Astradamors The sadistic Mescalina has her husband Astradamors under her thumb. Ah, it was good.

Mescalina falls asleep and dreams that the goddess Venus sends her a more potent lover than her husband. As Nekrotzar’s threats grow deadlier, Piet accepts them with only amused servility, until he is told his throat is to be “wracked with thirst. Go-go emerges and believes he is the only person left alive, but “three soldiers, risen from the grave to plunder, loot, and pillage all the good God gave” emerge.