György Ligeti

Mysteries of the Macabre

Title
Mysteries of the Macabre
Subtitle
Three arias from the opera Le Grand Macabre · Version for C trumpet and ensemble
Duration
9:00
Number of performers
16
Instrumentation
1 (also pic.) · 1 · 1 (also bcl.) · 1 (also cbn.) - 1 · 1 · 1 (ad lib. also cbtbn.) · 0 - perc. (s.dr. · b.dr. · tom. · 4 bong. · s.c. · pair of cymbals · 4 temple bl. · tamb. · crot. · cast. · t.-t. · glock. · mar. · guiro · slide whistle · 1 sheet of strong wrapping paper · whistle · police whistle · w.bl.) - pf. (also cel.) · mand. - str. (1 · 1 · 1 · 1 · 1)
Composition year(s)
1974
World premiere
1992-03-16

Århus · Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet · Århus Sinfonietta · conductor: Elgar Howarth

Extra title
arranged by Elgar Howarth
Comment of the composer on the work

Mysteries of the Macabre for solo trumpet and chamber orchestra is a variant of the same piece for coloratura soprano. It is an arrangement of three arias sung by the Chief of the Secret Police in my opera Le Grand Macabre and was rescored for chamber orchestra by Elgar Howarth, who conducted the opera’s first performance in Stockholm in 1978, as well as a number of later productions.

© 2001–2003 Teldec Classics & 2004 Warner Classics, Warner Music UK Ltd | Translation: Louise Duchesneau

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