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Mysteries of the Macabre

Mysteries of the Macabre

Three aria from the opera "Le Grand Macabre"

arranged by Elgar Howarth

german text by Michael Meschke and György Ligeti

freely adapted from Michel de Ghelderode's "La Ballade du Grand Macabre"

English translation by Geoffrey Skelton


  • Instrumentation: solo-trumpet in C or Koloratursoprano and chamber orchestra
  • Edition: study score, Kammerorchesterfassung
  • Language: English - German
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I composed my opera Le Grand Macabre from 1974 to 1997. The Mysteries of the Macabre are arrangements of three coloratura arias of the chief of the “Secret Political Police” which have been arranged (beautifully!) for chamber ensemble by Elgar Howarth. My friend Howarth had conducted the world premiere of the opera in Stockholm in 1978 and some of the further productions. The half-nonsense text is an immediate – however more accurate – continuation of the idea of my works Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures, but there is no chromatics in the music any more.
Details
Binding: Saddle stitching
Difficulty: very difficult
ISMN: 979-0-001-08401-7
Performance duration: 9'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Subtitle: Three aria from the opera "Le Grand Macabre"
Uraufführung : Uraufführung: 16. März 1992 Århus ·
Århus Sinfonietta · Håkan Hardenberger, Trompete · Dirigent: Elgar Howarth
Year of composition: 1974-1977
instrumentation: 1 (auch Picc.) · 1 · 1 (auch Baßklar.) · 1 (auch Kontrafag.) – 1 · 1 · 1 (ad lib. auch Kontrabaßpos.) · 0 – P.S. (kl. Tr. · gr. Tr. · Tomt. · 4 Bong. · hg. Beck. · Beckenpaar · 4 Tempelbl. · Schellentr. · Crot. · Kast. · Tamt. · Glspl. · Mar. · Guero · Lotosfl. · 1 Blatt festes Pack-papier · Signalpf. · Trillerpf. · Woodbl.) – Klav. (auch Cel.) · Mand. – Str. (1 · 1 · 1 · 1 · 1)
page number: 56
I composed my opera Le Grand Macabre from 1974 to 1997. The Mysteries of the Macabre are arrangements of three coloratura arias of the chief of the “Secret Political Police” which have been arranged (beautifully!) for chamber ensemble by Elgar Howarth. My friend Howarth had conducted the world premiere of the opera in Stockholm in 1978 and some of the further productions. The half-nonsense text is an immediate – however more accurate – continuation of the idea of my works Aventures and Nouvelles Aventures, but there is no chromatics in the music any more.
Binding: Saddle stitching
Difficulty: very difficult
ISMN: 979-0-001-08401-7
Performance duration: 9'0"
Publisher: Schott Music
Subtitle: Three aria from the opera "Le Grand Macabre"
Uraufführung : Uraufführung: 16. März 1992 Århus ·
Århus Sinfonietta · Håkan Hardenberger, Trompete · Dirigent: Elgar Howarth
Year of composition: 1974-1977
instrumentation: 1 (auch Picc.) · 1 · 1 (auch Baßklar.) · 1 (auch Kontrafag.) – 1 · 1 · 1 (ad lib. auch Kontrabaßpos.) · 0 – P.S. (kl. Tr. · gr. Tr. · Tomt. · 4 Bong. · hg. Beck. · Beckenpaar · 4 Tempelbl. · Schellentr. · Crot. · Kast. · Tamt. · Glspl. · Mar. · Guero · Lotosfl. · 1 Blatt festes Pack-papier · Signalpf. · Trillerpf. · Woodbl.) – Klav. (auch Cel.) · Mand. – Str. (1 · 1 · 1 · 1 · 1)
page number: 56
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