Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating Mozart’s “La Finta Giardiniera”, a colorful comedy that started out as an Italian opera and changed into a German musical during the course of Mozart’s short life!
Mozart Reimagined 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.
Here’s an excerpt from the book which accompanies the La Finta Giardiniera pictures:
“When Mozart was given the chance to write an opera again, he jumped at it. The play he set to music was called La Finta Giardiniera which means The False Gardener or The Pretended Garden Girl. The popularity of comic opera, or opera buffa, was on the rise in the late 1700s, and La Finta Giardiniera blends comedic characters and scenes with serious characters and scenes which correspond to the typical opera seria of the day. The opera had an enthusiastic reception, prompting Schubart, a roving poet and music master, to write after seeing it, “I have also heard an opera buffa by the wonderful genius Mozart. It is called La Finta Giardiniera. Here and there the flame of genius flickers, but it has not yet become the calm, peaceful altar flame which climbs towards heaven in clouds of incense. If Mozart’s development has not been forced like a hothouse plant, then he is destined to become one of the greatest composers that ever lived.”
The photos were inspired by Technicolor, because I wanted the flowers of the garden to really pop!
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. I 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! Subscribe to the blog for every update, or check back on September 14th for the launch of the book.