ORCHESTRA UNDERGROUND: Contempo-Scary Music
Zankel Hall @ Carnegie Hall
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:30 PM
BERNARD HERRMANN: Psycho Suite
JUDITH SHATIN: Black Moon for Orchestra and Conductor Controlled Electronics
(World Premiere – ACO/Carnegie Hall Commission)
PAUL MORAVEC: The Overlook Hotel Suite from “The Shining”
(World Premiere – ACO commission)
DAVID DEL TREDICI: Dracula
with soprano-narrator Nancy Allen Lundy
From Paul Moravec:
I definitely consider the Overlook Hotel a leading persona in the opera, and so its character and physical attributes are indissolubly one. For instance, to convey the evil power of the hotel in its most concentrated form, one has to feel the infamous room 217 — where little Danny is attacked by the dead lady in the bathtub — as a real, malicious presence, more than just a physical setting.
I use a lot of spooky special effects in the orchestration — such as tremolo ponticello strings and nasty, muted brass — but sometimes the most disquieting effects can be created by a counterintuitively normal-sounding orchestra playing totally creepy music. Sometimes less really is more.
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