Thrilling or killing? - Applying pictures in a classic concert performace (2015)

Luise Kimm

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Name: Luise Kimm Main Subject: Classical Singing Research Coaches: Gerda van Zelm, David Prins Title of Research: Thrilling or killing? – Applying pictures in a classical concert performance Research Question: What function can a screen have on the concert stage? Summary of Results: In concerts of classical music, more and more often extras are applied to the basic concepts of performance. This comes in light-shows, with pictures or a film-version of the piece on stage projected in the hall. Pleasing the eye has always been an issue on the concert stage of course. It is essential to consider how a performance should proceed and look like. But illustrating the music that is played in a concert has more consequences than only decorating the stage even a bit more or making a bigger impression in the audience. In my research paper, I document several formats of classical concert productions that used a visual interpretation in performance. In this case study I tried to figure out the function of screen and film on stage and their effect during the concerts. I summarized my findings in a list of ‘Do’s & Dont’s’. This list I, or others might use in a project where there is the wish to give a visual form to an own interpretation of a piece. In a second more theoretical part I shortly introduce music-historical background of the idea to illustrate classical music and the aesthetic discussion this idea rises. Furthermore I pay closer attention to the tool of the (electronic) screen in concert and to what a screen does with our brain. Biography: My name is Luise Kimm. I come from southern Germany. I am finishing my Master studies in classical singing at the Royal Conservatory. I have two bachelor degrees, one German one in musicology and voice and one Dutch one in classical singing. Next to my studies, and beforehand, I always performed. I sing as a soloist as well as in ensemble in churches, in concert and in opera throughout Europe.
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last modified02/06/2015
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