ג’רג’ ליגטי
Дьердь Лигети
Le Grand Macabre

In the mid-70s, Ligeti wrote his only opera, Le Grand Macabre, loosely based on the 1934 play, La Balade du grand macabre, by Michel De Ghelderode. It is a work of absurd theatre that contains many eschatological references.After having seen Mauricio Kagel’s anti-operatic work Staatstheater, Ligeti came to the conclusion that it was not possible to write any more anti-operas.[citation needed] He therefore resolved to write an “anti-anti-opera”, an opera with an ironic recognition of both operatic traditions and anti-operatic criticism of the genre. From its brief overture, a mixture of rhythmic sounds scored for a dozen car horns, to the closing passacaglia in mock classical style, the work evolves as collage of sonorities ranging from a grouping of urban sounds to snippets of manipulated Beethoven, Rossini and Verdi.

Barbara Hannigan

Ligeti’s Mysteries of the Macabre
Gothenburg Symphony
La Voix humaine Francis Poulenc
Youkali Kurt Weill / pianist Alexandre Tharaud


White Drop
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Designer Joji Rupert Kojima loves jewelry that has a macabre aesthetic. His pieces often use skeletons, bones, and other dark aspects of humanity to make jewelry. His work embraces vices, which makes the jewelry shocking at times but you can’t deny that they hold attention. more..