Mozart Reimagined – Il Re Pastore

12 Aug

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature photos illustrating Mozart’s “Il Re Pastore”, a play that was set by nearly a dozen different composers of the years!

Mozart Reimagined features three photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Il Re Pastore

Mozart Reimagined features three photos by Tyson Vick illustrating the opera Il Re Pastore

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 Il Re Pastore pictures:

“In 1751, [Empress] Maria Theresa threw a birthday party for which a play called Aminta was written by Pietro Metastasio for her five children to perform. The requirements were that there should be no scenes that would give offense to the royal family and no villainous roles which would have been degrading for any member of the royal family to perform.
In 1775, the youngest of those children, now grown, returned home for a visit, and to commemorate this event, a new setting of Aminta was commissioned. The honor of the composition fell on our own Mozart. After he had some revisions made, he set the text to music and re-titled the completed piece Il Re Pastore. Just as before, the play was put on for the court, and, also just as before, this was done without giving offense to any member of the royal family, nor to anyone else, ever, for the rest of human existence.”

Il Re Pastore, Act 1 by Tyson Vick

Il Re Pastore, Act 1 by Tyson Vick

The photos feature an ornate corset which you can see in detail 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. 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.

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