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Mozart Reimagined – La Finta Semplice

27 Jul

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature numerous photos illustrating Mozart’s “La Finta Semplice”, which is a hilarious play set to music by a Mozart before his maturity. You can see a few sample images from this chapter below!

Mozart Reimagined features four photos by Tyson Vick from the opera La Finta Semplice

Mozart Reimagined features four photos by Tyson Vick from the opera La Finta Semplice

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 these images:

“The play has no aspirations to make any poignant or emotional declarations, or to leave a lasting philosophical impression on the audience. It is essentially Family Guy for the 1700s. Mozart was “imitating” or heavily influenced by the styles of other composers, rather than forging his own path. He takes his role extremely seriously, and sometimes it seems like the play wants to be a laugh riot and the score wants to be a serious musical piece. It is one of those cases where the young Mozart doesn’t know himself well enough to take the music where it needs to go…

That being said, the play is really funny. In particular, the author’s usage and intentional misusage of language is a real treat. Don Cassandro’s buffoonish and over inflated style of speech where he starts off headed one way and then quickly switches directions: “In this I am Orlando, and by that I mean I am nothing like him at all” or Don Polidoro’s romantic interests, “He falls in love if he sees as much as a cat wearing a bonnet” all have a distinctly whimsical wit. The words are funny.”

La Finta Semplice, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

La Finta Semplice, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

The photos feature the hilarious and spirited actress Nora Gustuson in the title photo. The photos also feature numerous professional musicians and the awesome self-help blogger/web designer Jason Lengstorf. Jason Lengstorf helped me out on these photos around six years ago. Shortly after, his life started filling with stress and he became overworked, working over 80 hrs a week, until he decided to make a huge life change. He now travels the globe, experiencing all of life has to offer and working out of coffee shops. He shares his journey from a life of stress and work to a life of fun and freedom on his blog, but more than that his advice is very helpful for any of you out there, who, like me and the lead hair/make-up lady on Mozart Reimagined, Lizzie, work too damn much. Check it out.

You can also check out the costumes and behind-the-scenes posts I made about the “La Finta Semplice” photos here and 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.

Mozart Reimagined – Bastien und Bastienne

24 Jul

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature illustrations of Mozart’s “Bastien und Bastienne”, which is an early one-act German opera by a child Mozart.

Mozart Reimagined features two photos by Tyson Vick from the opera Bastien und Bastienne

Mozart Reimagined features two photos by Tyson Vick from the opera Bastien und Bastienne

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 these images:

“The play is a remake of a remake of an earlier opera where the leads are named Colin and Colette. It just goes to show that Hollywood’s love of remakes and reboots isn’t unique. In fact it’s been going on for hundreds of years!”

Check out the costumes I built with my mom for this photo 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.

Mozart Reimagined – Apollo et Hyacinthus

22 Jul

Mozart Reimagined by Tyson Vick will feature four illustrations of Mozart’s “Apollo et Hyacinthus”, which is a Latin opera by a child Mozart.

Mozart Reimagined features four photos by Tyson Vick from the opera Apollo et Hyacinthus

Mozart Reimagined features four photos by Tyson Vick from the opera Apollo et Hyacinthus

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 chapter accompanying these images:

“The strangest thing to note about Apollo et Hyacinthus, is that, although numerous people are murdered, neither the characters nor the music seem to much notice this fact. Everything just goes on willy-nilly as if nothing happened. “

Apollo et Hyacinthus, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

Apollo et Hyacinthus, Act 2 by Tyson Vick

You can read about how I created the picture above of Zephyrus blowing away on the wind with a step-by-step Illustration here!

The photos feature my returning friend Jacob Federspiel-Smith as well as some other models.

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.

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.

Another Look at Mozart Reimagined Coming Together

7 Jul

I’ve had fact-checkers and proofreaders go over the text for “Mozart Reimagined”. Below you can see a preview of one of the spreads! I’m still tweaking a few things before sending it off to get proofed.

Mozart Reimagined book layout under construction.

Mozart Reimagined book layout under construction.

Please subscribe to get all the updates. I’m planning on a book launch in September, and you won’t want to miss it!

The Layout of “Mozart Reimagined” is Underway

1 Jul

I just wanted to write a quick update to tell you that I am currently putting together the book, which is called “Mozart Reimagined”. The book will have nearly 100 photographs illustrating Mozart’s operas with costumes made by myself (with some help from Catey, Camille and my Mom). Each opera that Mozart composed is represented in the book by both photos and an essay talking about the opera those photos illustrate.

"Mozart Reimagined" 1st draft layout being made.

“Mozart Reimagined” 1st draft layout being made.

Above you will see a picture of the first draft layout. I wanted to prove I was actually working on it! I’ve had the advice of a graphic designer to make some tweaks to the layout and I should be sending off a for a proof of the book at the beginning of next week!

I will keep you all updated on my progress!

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UPDATE – First Draft Finished

2 May
La Finta Semplice Title, by Tyson Vick. Model: Nora Gustuson

La Finta Semplice Title, by Tyson Vick. Model: Nora Gustuson

The first draft of the text to my photo book is complete. If you are, or know, a Mozartian in Academia who might be interested in reading my book and doing a fact check on the information I’ve written, please let me know. I hope to start doing the layout of the book in the next month or so. The book features one short essay on every opera Mozart set to music, and is from the perspective of a fan-boy rather than a scholar — but I’d still like all the facts to be correct! You can expect some humorous observations, anecdotes about the operas and quotes from Mozart about the music!

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