“Favola in Musica. Early New Music”.
A cross-genre music-project
OLD = NEW = TIMELESS
One half of the CD features “old”, i.e. early music (Renaissance and Baroque music), the other half is devoted to “new”, contemporary music. The first, early-music part will also include interpretations of new pieces of early music: first recordings of works that have been dug up in archives.
In the second part – specially composed for this project – contemporary composers will write works inspired by old masters for the CD’s instrumentation: a mezzo soprano and an ensemble playing original instruments.
“Favola in Musica” (engl. “Fairy tale in music”) is the subtitle of Claudio Monteverdi’s “L’Orfeo” – the world’s earliest opera preserved in its entirety. It revolutionised the music world because, since then, it is no longer the melody that carries the music but the words. This reference to words is the reason why a hip-hop track by a well-known band will conclude the CD as a bonus track: words governing the music.
This musical and aesthetic journey intends to unite opposites and discover aspects that both types of music have in common: exploring the new in the old and the old in the new.
FAVOLA = FAIRY TALE
The journey is the telling of stories, of fairy tales, in the archetypal sense. Listening to and watching the music and short film, the photographs and images of the fairy-tale-like booklet (CD hardcover digibook) is a special experience that whisks you away from everyday life to a fabulous world rarely to be found elsewhere: inspirational, an aesthetic language…
Inspirations and aesthetic language for the EARLY MUSIC part
S. Botticelli: Primavera (The Spring) (1478) | B. Veneto: alleged portrait of Lucrezia Borgia | part of „Primavera| Preraphaelite J. E. Millais: Ophelia (1851/52)
The graphic aesthetics for the first part of early music are inspired by the style of Botticelli and the Pre-Raphaelites. This will be reflected by the images of the photography, taken at a castle in the middle of the woods in Carinthia.
The second, contemporary music part demonstrates how something new develops from something old: a design with hip-hop aesthetics and graffiti writing on the walls of a dilapidated Gothic chapel.
Austrian and Italian Baroque musicians such as lutenist Rosario Conte, cellist Marco Frezzato, mezzo-soprano Maria Weiss and Austrian star Wolfgang Mitterer are collaborating on this project.
Music by early masters from the Renaissance and Baroque, who have created enduring works
Early “NEW” Music
World first recordings of early music on CD and world concert premieres, unearthed from Italian and Spanish archives
New “Early” Music
Contemporary music inspired by early masters, specially commissioned compositions
Modern music: Hip Hop
“The words should govern the music” – Claudio Monteverdi’s musical maxim will be interpreted in a bonus track by rap artist Mista Wisdom (Thomas Wisser) and singer Maria Weiss.
Photography | Illustration | Graphics | Text
The fairy-tale booklet contains magical illustrations and photos, taken in the forests of Carinthia, as well as exciting and easy-to-read texts about the music, in the style of Egon Friedell’s “Cultural History of the Modern Age”.
Short film/Music video
A short film / music video filmed in Carinthia
“The responsibility of the artist is not to give answers. It is to ask questions”
Is it possible, in a general sense, that OLD art can be at the same time modern or “NEW” and that contemporary art shares its roots with the OLD?
Is it not a sign of enduring works of art that they never lose their topicality and that through their sheer inexhaustible complexity they have allowed listeners, readers and onlookers throughout the centuries to explore ever new levels of meaning?
How big is the division between the diametrically opposed positions? Are they closer together than we may think? What happens when they come into contact and intersect like two circles?
“Favola in Musica. Early New Music” is a CD and concert project, which seeks to explore these possibilities in a creative way: opposites like EARLY and NEW music unite with the aim to create timeless art located at the intersection of time and space, tradition and the modern age. More than mere locations, the hidden, magical and energetically charged places in Carinthia, which are interwoven with the project’s music, words and pictures, are experienced as ‘lived’ spaces.
Favola in Musica. Alte Neue Musik
World First Recordings
Photography- Illustration-Short film
Feedback of our team from other productions:
The gifted singer/actress Maria Weiss was excellent as the power-hungry Gismonda; her performance increased in intensity over the course of the evening and her deeply moving claim seared itself unforgettably into the hearts of the audience.KRITISCHES JOURNAL DER ALTEN MUSIK | F. Szabo
Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Mitterer – an unlikely pair, or so it seems. What the Baroque master and the contemporary composer have in common is not just a preference for pianos and the triple function as composer, interpreter and improviser but also the courage to try something new.Kölner Stadtanzeiger
Rosario Conte is an established guitarist, member of many Baroque ensembles, but above all a soloist. He imbues his reverence for music with discreet virtuosity and a sonorous touch.(Peter Hofmann on the Solo CD Une larme, Carpe diem)
Maria Weiss as the lovelorn Jupiter soars with heart-wrenching and dreamily beautiful vocals.(Die Presse)
...Conte plays the complex, meandering weave of parts and artfully improvised lines of the compositions with clarity and delicacy but also with great warmth and feeling, bringing the most subtle embellishments and vibrations and smallest harmonic colours to the fore.(Eckhard Weber on the solo CD Alessandro & Leonardo Maria Piccinini: Works for Archlute, Carpe Diem)
Mitterer? He represents a certain type of ‘flexible music head’ and is a citizen of very different musical planets(Der Standard Wien)
the Carinthian Mezzosoprano Maria Weiss (...) impresses again with a boastful, masculine air, a vocal and dramatic work of art in herself. Every gesture and expression is spot on, her voice is tremendous, and the continued suspense of her stage presence is breathtaking(KRITISCHES JOURNAL DER ALTEN MUSIK | F. Szabo)
Our Co-operating Partners
This is our Team.
“Favola in Musica. Early New Music” is a project by Maria Weiss, originating from the idea not to simply reproduce but to be creative and authentic, to create something new and timeless.
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Maria WeissMezzo-soprano | Founder & artistic director
Favola in Musica. Early New Music started in 2009; initially an idea for a solo CD, it was later extended into a cultural project. The search for an authenticity began that could comprise not just song, early and contemporary music but – much like a synthesis of the arts – could interweave a number of artistic levels. Maria Weiss has since been working on the project both as artist and organiser. She is also founder of the milleseicentosette. ensemble for early music.
Rosario is a true master in his field, but not just that: he is always in a good mood, always smiling and he has this very valuable trait the Italians call SERENO.
The Kölner Stadtanzeiger on Wolfgang Johann Sebastian Bach and Wolfgang Mitterer: An unlikely pair, or so it seems. What the Baroque master and the contemporary composer have in common is not just a preference for pianos and the triple function as composer, interpreter and improviser but also the courage to try something new.
Gyöngy has shown great enthusiasm stepping in for Marco Frezzato. Keen on the concept, she even postponed other projects to be able to take part.
Jonas Niederstadtbalance engineer
Jonas was our audio engineer for the early music parts and the world first recordings of early music in the Magdalensberg Church. Working with Jonas was a recording experience of the highest quality. His aural perception is still at work when our ears can no longer hear anything.
Thomas Wisser | Mista WisdomRapper | Hip Hop
A DJ's personal tip made me aware of Thomas's work. Surely, meeting a rapper whose eyes start shining at the simple mention of Bach's Bist Du Bei Mir is not an everday experience.
Photo in Header (Hochaltar Kirche am Magdalensberg) © Paul Weissbacher
Photo in Testimonial Slider © Moritz Schell
Photos Maria Weiss, Rosario Conte, Gyöngy Erödi © Moritz Schell
Photo Marco Frezzato © Giulia Papetti
Photo Wolfgang Mitterer © Gert Mosettig
Photo Jonas Niederstadt © Maria Weiss
Photo Thomas Wisser © TAG/Anna Stöcher