Trento Symphonia

Trento Symphonia

Tridentská symfonie

Photography: Mathias Sabourdin, Eleonore Huisse
Editing: Flatform , Marco Forni
Sound: Benoît Fort
Music: Gustav Mahler, Matteo Pennese (musical erosion)
Actors, social actors: Orchestra Sinfonica G. Rossini, Pesaro, Coro del Teatro della Fortuna M. Agostini, Fano (musical performance), Pupils of Liceo Scentifico e Musicale
Color: Colour
Language: No dialogue
Synopsis

Twilight removes details from the view of a mountain landscape, where an orchestra, with the help of living musical notes – children with music scores attached to their backs – plays Mahler’s 8th symphony. The figures move in a careful choreography so that they fade in harmony with the decomposition of music and fading distinguishability of the pictorial composition on which darkness falls.

DETAIL:
Austrian composer Gustav Mahler was born in the Czech Highlands (Vysočina). He composed his Symphony No. 8, nicknamed the “Symphony of a Thousand”, in 1910, and dedicated it to his wife Alma with the inscription “Just imagine - the universe is starting to resound and be heard.”

 

Biography

It is sunset in a mountain landscape. An orchestra and a choir, along with a large group of adolescents who act as "living-music-stands", are filmed as they play the first part of Mahler’s 8th Symphony. The musicians gradually begin to move in a precise choreography, led by their living-music-stands. As these movements are executed, disparate groups of musicians, singers, and living-music-stands begin to disappear along with the sounds that they emit. The music progressively becomes a sound object captured in the course of its own erosion, which corresponds to the slow dissolution of the landscape’s visibility due to the setting sun. Ultimately, the music as a sound object and the landscape as a visual object become identical, all while being completely transformed in regard to the starting configuration. Thus, in “Trento Symphonia", the landscape becomes a point of convergence between contemplation, correspondence, and imagination.

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Festival edition: 2014
Sections: Fascinations
Premiere Type: Czech Premiere
Subtitle languages: No Subtitles

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