Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Rosa Lecture

In 2001 Peter Greenaway gave a lecture on opera, film and death at European Graduate School. He talks about video, films, movies, cinema and opera; continuity, dramaturgy, the differences between musical, opera, theatre, and producing, filming, directing; the death of composers Anton Webern, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and John Lennon. The case study of his lecture is exclusively Rosa, The Death of a Composer, a Horse Drama. The whole lecture is available:

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Singing Anatomy

The first anatomical theatre was built at the University of Padua in 1594. I was intrigued by the fact that even music was played live during some of the public dissections performed in such venues. The first opera was believed to be Dafne by Jacopo Peri, created in Florence around 1597 or 1598. Its creation could be interpreted as a kind of public dissection of what was thought to be a Greek tragedy. Theatricality of human body is emphasized by offering drama of its interior, and at late 16th century it was, obviously, tendency in different spheres of life.

It looks like in "Man is for Man, Music, Mozart" Peter Greenaway already had that in mind.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Memory of The Memory of Roses

Frits van der Waa sends these beautiful photos he made during the recording session for "The Memory of Roses"on July 1993 in the Walloon Church, Amsterdam. The Memory of Roses score was illustrated by some of them.

Louis Andriessen

Annette den Heijer and Louis Andriessen

Ron Ford and Reinbert de Leeuw

Louis Andriessen, Gerard Bouwhuis, Stanley Hoogland, Ronald Brautigam, Annette den Heijer

Andriessen and Ronald Brautigam working on "Menuet for Marianne"

Louis Andriessen and Freek de Jonge working on "Commentaar"

Greetje Bijma

Werner Herbers recording "Vergeet mij niet"

Annette den Heijer, Louis Andriessen, Ron Ford

Tomoko Mukaiyama playing "The Memory of Roses"

Walter van Hauwe playing "Ende"

Louis Andriessen

Reinbert de Leeuw and Louis Andriessen playing "Jolie commentaire"

Margriet de Moor and Ron Ford, who plays "Deuxième Chorale"

Caecilia Andriessen and Louis Andriessen

Stanley H, Willem, Louis Andriessen and Frits van der Waa

Vera Beths playing/singing "La Voile du Bonheur"