“A uniquely combined musical and visual performance, the likes of which had never been seen before”

Jutta Benz

 

 

DER TRAUM

for pop band vocal ensemble, symphony orchestra & choir

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[About]   [Essay]   [Details]   [Music Video]   [Photos]
 

  

   

ABOUT

Some Aesthetic Implications

by Marios Joannou Elia (in: Edition Quadrat, 2012) – Excerpt

Polyaesthetics arose out of the polymedial usage of materials which is systematically intended and constructive for the development of the artistic process. The hybrid is a central aspect of the concept of polymediality (hybridism is fundamentally not to be seen as genre comprehensive; it refers to original applications which comprise a wide range of hybridization processes). Strangely enough, in movement IV The Dream, AUTOSYMPHONIC embeds a Pop music band vocal ensemble into the performance: together with the symphony orchestra and the choir there is a soul artist as soloist as well as three pop music singers and two rappers. Without losing its autonomy, the pieces try out combinations and set out on musical expeditions which present a productive balance between the well-known and the unknown: in this case between the classical and pop music elements or between the unconventional instruments and the traditional sound producers. In this way the genre symphony strays from its original form and changes in style and technical treatment of the music.

The Dream, the name of the first Bridge in the symphony, just like the second, Overland by Car for the children’s choir, I composed as a type of window, as a deviation within the symphony comparable to Mozart’s arias that resembles a prosaic incident, similar to the aria of Susanna in the second act of Le nozze di Figaro (Venite, inginocchiatevi). 

 

 

DER TRAUM by Marios Joannou Elia & Xavier Naidoo, Soehne Mannheims, SWR Sinfonieorchester and Choir, 2011 (Photo © m:con/Hamann)

 

 

ESSAY

A Dream come true 

by Jutta Benz (in: Autosymphonic, ed. by Horst Hamann, Edition Quadrat 2011)
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125 years ago my great-grandparents Bertha and Carl Benz had a vision: they wanted all men and women to be mobile. Many decades ago this dream became reality. The automobile heralded in for everyone an age of freedom of mobility which had never before existed.

And just like Bertha and Carl Benz, Marios Joannou Elia and Horst Hamann also had a vision: to retell the story of the invention of the automobile on stage in a creative and highly original manner. On 10th September, 2011 – on the premises of the Friedrichsplatz in Mannheim – AUTOSYMPHONIC dazzled an audience of thousands and thereby honored the birthplace of my great-grandparent’s automobile. Together, both of these artists have collaborated to create a uniquely combined musical and visual performance, the likes of which had never been seen before. Today Horst Hamann and Marios Joannou Elia have, in the best possible way, upheld the tradition founded by my great-grandparents so many years ago.

And just like the car, the performance of AUTOSYMPHONIC was not created for the enjoyment of a select elite few, but all people from all walks of life were granted the unforgettable experience of enjoying this performance. Visitors from all over the world experienced the wonders of this performance which unfolded on the Mannheim Friedrichsplatz…

 

 

Ein Traum wird wahr 

von Jutta Benz (in: autosymphonic, hrsg. von Horst Hamann, Edition Quadrat, 2012)
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Vor 125 Jahren hatten meine Urgroßeltern Bertha und Carl Benz eine Vision: Mobilität für alle Menschen. Diese Vision ist schon vor vielen Jahrzehnten Realität geworden. Das Auto hat uns ein Zeitalter nie dagewesener Bewegungsfreiheit gebracht.

Wie Bertha und Carl Benz hatten auch Marios Joannou Elia und Horst Hamann eine Vision: auf schöpferische, eigenwillige Weise die Geschichte des Automobils zu inszenieren. Mit der AUTOSYMPHONIC, die am 10. September 2011 auf der Anlage des Mannheimer Friedrichplatzes viele tausend Menschen faszinierte, ehrte die Geburtsstadt des Automobils meine Urgroßeltern. Die beiden Künstler haben sowohl musikalisch als auch visuell etwas geschaffen, was es noch nie zuvor gegeben hat. Und somit stehen Horst Hamann und Marios Joannou Elia in bester Tradition meiner Urgroßeltern.

Genau wie das Automobil, sollte auch die AUTOSYMPHONIC keinem exklusiven Kreis vorbehalten bleiben, sondern vielen Menschen ein unvergessliches Erlebnis bescheren. Besucher aus aller Welt erlebten das Werk auf dem Mannheimer Friedrichsplatz…

DETAILS

Year of Composition: 2011

Title Translation: THE DREAM

Lyrics: “Das Automobil” (The Automobile) by Xavier Naidoo, Metaphysics.

Duration: 5′:20″

Commission: m:con – mannheim:congress GmbH, City of Mannheim.

Premiere: Closing celebration of the Automobile Summer Baden-Württemberg, Friedrichsplatz Square, Mannheim (September 10, 2011).

Soul singer: Xavier Naidoo, Rap: Metaphysics, Pop band Vocal Ensemble: Söhne Mannheims.

SWR Baden-Baden and Freiburg Symphony Orchestra, SWR Vocal Ensemble Stuttgart, Conductor: Johannes Harneit, Production: Nick Elia, Co-production: Michael Herberger, Xavier Naidoo. 

 

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“This is neither classical nor popular music, but something new and challenging”

Johannes Harneit

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DER TRAUM by Marios Joannou Elia & Xavier Naidoo, Soehne Mannheims, SWR Sinfonieorchester and Choir, 2011 (Photo © m:con/Hamann)
DER TRAUM by Marios Joannou Elia & Xavier Naidoo, Soehne Mannheims, SWR Sinfonieorchester and Choir, 2011 (Photo © m:con/Hamann)

DER TRAUM by Marios Joannou Elia & Xavier Naidoo, Soehne Mannheims, SWR Sinfonieorchester and Choir, 2011 (Photo © m:con/Hamann)

DER TRAUM by Marios Joannou Elia & Xavier Naidoo, Soehne Mannheims, SWR Sinfonieorchester and Choir, 2011 (Photo © m:con/Hamann)

DER TRAUM by Marios Joannou Elia & Xavier Naidoo, Soehne Mannheims, SWR Sinfonieorchester and Choir, 2011 (Photo © m:con/Hamann)

 

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“The city square was transformed into a concert arena. The audience had the feeling that the music came from all directions.”

SWR 3

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MUSIC VIDEO

 

  

PHOTOS

Jutta Benz (great-granddaughter of Carl Benz) and Marios Joannou Elia (Photo © Publik Agentur Ludwigshafen)

Michael Herberger (Soehne Mannheims) and Marios Joannou Elia (Photo © m:con)

 

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