Topic 2019

THEME 2019

«SIGHT AND SOUND: MUSIC AND THE VISUAL»

 

All of the varied Campus activities share one overarching annual theme. The theme for 2019, «Sight and Sound: Music and the Visual», focuses on the connection between artistic worlds and their impact on the individual and society. In the orchestral concerts, Music Labs and Music Galleries participants and audience alike experience this thought in ever varying ways. Thus it is being showed that interactions between music and visual perception emerge quite naturally and also can specifically be targeted and intentionally generated. This creates interdisciplinary links and forms a source of direct inspiration for the musical works. Several programmes present music in a context of the visual creativity of past centuries, giving specific responses to each location – Grafenegg Castle and selected museums in Lower Austria and Vienna.

The combination of sound and image enables the audience as well as the musicians to re-experience the art surrounding them. This year’s Campus symposium also focuses on the theme and is aimed at teachers from music schools and creative academies as well as students and the members of the various participating Campus orchestras. In the Music Labs of the European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA), participants will work with a focus on the broad realm of film music and the well-nigh inexhaustible possibilities of sound design.

One of the fascinating opportunities to explore «Sight and Sound: Music and the Visual» is offered on 21 July at Grafenegg Castle, where the audience is accompanied by musicians from the European Union Youth Orchestra on four pathways and can experience a direct encounter between sound and images with reference to examples such as Edward Elgar’s «Enigma Variations», Joseph Haydn’s «Sunrise»-quartett and Benjamin Britten’s Sea Interludes. The evening events also draw on visual representations in music, as created for example in Ludwig van Beethoven’s musical history painting «Wellington’s Victory, or, the Battle of Vitoria» and Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s symphonic fairy-tale
«Scheherazade». The latter will be performed by the Lower Austrian Youth Symphony Orchestra both in Grafenegg (10 August) and in a big Music Gallery (11 August) in Melk’s main square under the motto «Thousand and One Sound».

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