In this clip from Ligeti's "Le Grand Macabre," performed by the New York Philharmonic, Gepopo (Barbara Hannigan), the chief of the secret service, informs Prince Go Go of the panic in the streets as the citizens learn of the impending end of the world.
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GEPOPO Psst! Shsht! Co... cocoding zero! Ah! Cococoding Zero, Zero: highest security grade! Zero, Zero! Birds on the wing! Double-you see! Snakes in the grass! Rabble, rabble, rabble! Riot, riot! Unlawful assemblies! Communal insurrection! Mutinous masses! Turbulence! Panic! Panic Groundless! Groundless! Phobia! Wide of the mark! Right off the track! Hypopochondria! Rsh!
GO GO What did you say?
GEPOPO Rsh! March! March target! Direction! Prince! Your palace! March target royal palace! Palace! Password: Go-Go-lash! Demonstrations, hah! Protest actions, ha! Provocations, ha! Pst! Pst! Much discretion! Close observation! Take precautions! That's all. Pst! Pst! Not a squeak! Confidential!