Multimedia Project, Film Production with Live Playback
Composer: Anthony Gustav Morris
This piece is a multimedia project where I get to combine orchestral music, live performance and also video. I like telling stories with music, adding video is an extra aid to the imagination and allows me a different sound to visual balance that would not be the same with just instrumental music.
Weltstadt II is one of a series of pieces that use architectural locations and references, Weltstadt I was a ballet and performed in Cambridge in 1988 and used dancers (obviously), a taped orchestral recording and three live musicians. I am not sure where Weltstadt III will be based but this one is filmed in Berlin.
The performance replicates more or less a studio recording session where the soloist would play his or her part to augment the orchestral tracks. This is in itself a good example of the work a studio musician is asked to do.
The orchestral string parts were recorded with the Moravian Philharmonic (an orchestra that Gustav Mahler once conducted) in Olomouc and the wind parts in Brno (the birth town of both Janacek and Korngold), both towns being in the Czech Republic and a little nearer to where I lived at the time in Vienna than Liverpool is.
In the middle section, an actor, Luca Schaub (Berliner Ensemble) recites a poem by Goethe.
At the premiere of Weltstadt II at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall as part of Solo Trumpeter Brendan Ball's recital "Not Just a Trumpet!", Composer and film maker Anthony G Morris introduces his piece to the audience.
NOTE: This excerpt does not contain the performance itself. The production is contained in a separate video to be released 01.01.2016
Composition Anthony Gustav Morris - WELTSTADT II - set in Berlin - video for a piece of music rather than the other way around. A piece for solo Flügelhorn and Orchestra. Actor/Narrator: Luca Schaub - Telephone voice: Kerstin Ibald. Moravian Philharmonic Olomouc CZ and soloists from Brno.
©2016 agm digital arts GmbH more details www.agm.wtf Live premiere Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 23rd November 2015