Celebration of Scholarship and Creative Activity 2021
“Mysteries of the Macabre” is a collection of three arias from Ligeti’s opera “Le Grand Macabre” arranged as one piece for solo soprano voice and piano, and it is regarded as highly demanding in its performability due to its complicated melody and rhythm. This project exhibits the feasibility of rehearsing and performing Mysteries of the Macabre by developing a comprehensive guide that both students and professional vocalists may use to navigate the piece. The process of creating this guide involved documenting rehearsals in the form of a rehearsal logbook. Each entry in the logbook notes the progress made during a specific rehearsal, what questions or challenges appeared during the rehearsal, and what tools or practices proved helpful to overcoming them. The following presentation on this project analyzes three excerpts of the piece as examples of the piece’s challenges concerning rhythm, melody and text, specifying why the passage appears difficult and what techniques are best suited to mastering it. In doing so, the presentation demonstrates the adaptability of certain techniques for similar issues surrounding other vocal pieces beyond “Mysteries of the Macabre.” Therefore, the project implies an improvement on the accessibility of more difficult vocal music for learning singers and musicians.