“Vision” a portrait of Hildegard von Bingen

“Vision” a portrait of  Hildegard von Bingen
Posted by on Nov 26, 2014

“Vision” a portrait of Hildegard von Bingen is lushly shot in original medieval cloisters of the fairytale-like German countryside, Vision is the profoundly inspirational portrait of Hildegard von Bingen, a woman who has emerged from the shadows of history as a forward-thinking and iconoclastic pioneer of faith, change and enlightenment. A visionary in every sense of the word, this famed 12th-century Benedictine nun was a Christian mystic, composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist and ecological activist. Reuniting with recurrent star Barbara Sukowa, New German Cinema auteur Margarethe von Trotta brings the story of this extraordinary figure to cinematic life. In a staggering performance, Sukowa portrays Hildegard’s fierce determination to expand the responsibilities of nuns within the order, even as she fends off outrage from some in the Church over the visions she claims to receive from God. She was truly a woman ahead of her time.

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Nico Muhly: Advice for Young Composers

Nico Muhly: Advice for Young Composers
Posted by on Sep 25, 2014

Nico Muhly: Advice for Young Composers.  Nico has composed a wide scope of work for ensembles, soloists and organizations including the American Ballet Theater, American Symphony Orchestra, Boston Pops, Carnegie Hall, Chicago Symphony, percussionist Colin Currie, countertenor Iestyn Davies, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, violinist Hilary Hahn, Gotham Chamber Opera, designer-illustrator Maira Kalman, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, Music-Theatre Group, New York City Ballet, New York Philharmonic, Opera Company of Philadelphia, Paris Opéra Ballet, soprano Jessica Rivera, The Royal Ballet, Saint Thomas Church in New York City, Seattle Symphony, and artist Conrad Shawcross. http://nicomuhly.com/

Wagner And Film Music

Wagner And Film Music
Posted by on Aug 14, 2014
By Matthew Janszen

Music and Drama

Richard Wagner’s musical innovations and aesthetic decisions offered a new approach to opera while heralding the twentieth-century film score.  Wagner was not only a composer, but a dramatist with the goal of combining the arts into one balanced presentation.  He understood the need to connect with the audience on many artistic levels while effectively communicating a visual and aural performance.  He wanted to create a brand of stage realism that allowed the audience to share in his imaginative ideas and experience them as an imitation of real life (Carnegy 37).  Consequently, Wagner theorized and practiced new approaches in operatic form, musical language, and theatrical presentation that formed the fundamentals of music drama and the approach of the future film composer.