Mozart Reimagined – Die Schuldikeit des Ersten Gebots

20 Jul

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will be launching pre-orders on Kickstarter on September 14th, 2015! Until then, I wanted to give you a glimpse of some of the photos and excerpts from the book so you can see what’s in store!

The book showcases nearly 100 photos that bring to life Mozart’s operas through photography. I spent a decade building props and sets, meeting models and photographing across the country to showcase what Mozart’s music has meant to me. The book also features essays written about each opera from my own unique perspective. The book humorously points out plot-holes, gives insight into past and present performances, recites a little bit of History and overflows with my own passion for the music of Mozart.

First up in the book is Mozart’s “Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots”, which is more of an oratorio or religious play that is performed without sets.

Mozart Reimagined features two photos by Tyson Vick from the opera Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots.

Mozart Reimagined features two photos by Tyson Vick from the opera Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots.

Here’s an excerpt from the chapter accompanying these images:

“The strengths of the play, both music and text, are completely in sync. The music and text each have their own strengths separately as well. It is dramatically, philosophically and musically sound. However, because of its extremely specific focus on religion, and in particular the dangers of half-assed Christianity, the opera won’t appeal to as large an audience as something more secular and dramatically engaging. It’s really an opera for intellectual minds that are wondering why anyone should believe in Christianity. Therefore, if the viewer doesn’t like the subject, the music might not be enough to hold their interest. Similarly, if the viewer doesn’t care for vocal pyrotechnics, and is also uninterested in the subject matter, the opera could be considered a complete dud. However, it is almost a perfect example of the type of musical drama that it is.”

Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots, Act 1 by Tyson Vick

Die Schuldigkeit des Ersten Gebots, Act 1 by Tyson Vick

The photos feature costumes that you can read about here and here. I built them myself 🙂

Actress Jadi Stuart models as Worldliness and filmmaker Nick Cammilleri as the Christian. Nick is currently raising money to make a documentary called “The Dale” about a transgender woman in the 70s who may have been trying to change the world or take advantage of it, depending on who you ask. Check it out here.

I’m going to be giving you a preview of photos from every chapter of Mozart Reimagined over the next month, and then it will be time for pre-orders. Subscribe to the blog for every update, or check back on September 14th for the launch of the book.


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