Composition database

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Title of the work

Mysteries of the Macabre - für Trompete und Klavier


Original / Hungarian title
Mysteries of the Macabre - für Trompete und Klavier
Foreign language / English title
Mysteries of the Macabre - für Trompete und Klavier
Drei Arien aus der Oper "Le Grand Macabre"
Elgar Howarth und Håkan Hardenberger gewidmet
Year of composition

Chamber Music
Number of players
tr., pf.
8 min

Publisher / Source
Schott Music, ED 8062
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Remarks, other info
Three arias from the opera "Le Grand Macabre"

Year of composition: 1974-1977, rev. 1988

Arranged by Elgar Howarth

"I composed my opera Le Grand Macabre from 1974 to 1977. 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."



Title Publisher
Ligeti, György: Aventures Deutsche Grammophon
Deutsche Grammophon