The opera has been performed also in English, French, Italian, Hungarian and Danish. Only a few notes need be le poème secret PDF to perform the opera in any of these languages.
Demain, Robin va avoir un nouveau maître, fou de poésie. Et il n’aime pas trop ça, la poésie. Seulement, voilà : le nouveau maître explique à la classe que la poésie sert aussi à dire des vérités qu’on n’arrive pas à exprimer. Justement, Robin a quelque chose à dire à son frère ! Un frère très énervant qui le taquine sans arrêt…
Three arias from the opera were prepared in 1992 for concert performances under the title Mysteries of the Macabre. Le Grand Macabre falls at a point when Ligeti’s style was undergoing a significant change—apparently effecting a complete break with his approach in the 1960s. This opens with a choir of 12 jarring car horns, played with pitches and rhythms specified in the score. These suggest, very abstractly, a barren modern landscape and a traffic jam of sorts. Nekrotzar emerges, singing a motif, exclaiming « away, you swagpot!
Squeek out your dying wish, you pig! Piet responds in kind, with confused drunken statements, until Nekrotzar at last tells him to « Shut up! Piet must become Death’s slave and retrieve all of his « instruments » from the tomb. This begins with a second car horn prelude, which announces a scene change to the household of the court astronomer, Astradamors, and his sadistic wife, Mescalina.
Mescalina, beating her husband with a whip to the rhythm of shifting, chromatic chords. Mescalina orders her husband to his telescope. What do you see up there? By the way, can you see the planets? Are they all still there, in the right order? She addresses Venus with an impassioned plea for a better man, accompanied by an oboe d’amour.