Giörgy Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre
Commented excerpts of Giörgy Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre opera show, directed by Peter Sellars and presented at the Théâtre du Chatelet. Interviews with Peter Sellars and György Ligeti.
György Ligeti (1923-2006), a Hungarian naturalised as an Austrian in 1967 is an outstanding figure of contemporary music. His varied work included chamber music, electronic, orchestra and studies for the piano. A lot of his compositions are distinguished by an intense polyphonic and static forms (Atmosphere, 1961), particularly in the 1960s. From the 1970s, his writing became more transparent, like inLe Grand Macabre(1974-1977), flagship opera of the 20th century. The cinematographer Stanley Kubrick used his music in2001: A space odysseyand inEyes Wide Shut.