A musical shadow-play by Chilly Gonzales and Adam Traynor based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen wins a 2015 ADAPTATION AWARD given each year by Hans Christian Andersen Award Committee on Odense, Denmark.
Says Chilly Gonzales: “For years I’ve entertained the idea of writing some dramatic music around this fairy tale for adults by Hans Christian Andersen. Somehow, I haven’t managed to compose the full Wagnerian blockbuster this deserves to be. But in the meantime, here is a suite for chamber ensemble depicting a man at odds with his own shadow. It contains my first self-conscious waltz, a few glaring “leitmotifs,” and some sentimentality that I just couldn’t resist adding.”
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To guide fans into his Chambers, Gonzo introduces each song with short note of intention and a dedication, here is “Advantage Points”:
“ADVANTAGE POINTS” Dedicated to John McEnroe
The “points” are staccato – clipped, insistent. I attempted musical pointillism with Wimbledon ’80 as my backdrop. Try to imagine the waltzing B-section as the endorphins kicking in after a marathon – the transcendence of physical technique (using a racquet or a piano) into pure bliss. This could just as easily have been dedicated to Bobby Fischer, Glenn Gould or Michael Jackson’s moonwalk. It all depends on your vantage point.
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To guide fans into his “Chambers”, Gonzo introduces each song with a short Note of Intention, here is Odessa:
“ODESSA” Dedicated to Reinhold Gliere “Reinhold Gliere was the Ukranian composer with the German first name and the French last name. He is the missing link between the accessibility of Tchaikovsky and the spiky modernism of Prokofiev. This piece appeared in a simplified version as a Re-Introduction Etude; this fleshed-out version adds a controlled dose of Hollywood sentimentality and a nod to Stevie Wonder-style analog portamento (played on a violin by sliding from one note to the other).”
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