Movie Pitch

Using storytelling as a metaphor, my digital story explains sonata form by combining AV elements with live performance. The musical selection used will be the first movement of Dittersdorf’s  double  bass concerto. I will use a computerized piano reduction and play the bass part live. Much of the presentation will be a dialogue between myself (acting as a stuffy professor) and a video character of myself (a much comedic, down-to-earth character). The audience will be encouraged to use their imagination and invent characters associated with the contrasting 1st and 2nd theme of the exposition. The development will represent some kind of drama involving the two characters and the recapitulation will be a sumation of the drama. A handout/worksheet will accompany the video presentation which will guide the audience through the program and allow them to make notes about their imaginary drama. The worksheet will help facilitate the learning process and will also provide me with some feedback about the efficacy of the performance/lesson. The video portion of the presentation will involve  still and moving images as I “interact” with my video doppelganger.

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2 Responses
  1. Tad says:

    Who *is* this audience?

    It sounds like this is maybe intended for a primary or secondary ed music classroom environment, given the whole “handout” element…

    I’m wondering, though– since this project is “born digital,” as they say, might it be more effective to do this as an embedded video within a webpage that serves the purpose of a “handout?”

    The project could reach a lot more people this way, could be something that could be assigned as homework rather than requiring class time… Plus, with the number of school districts cutting music programs, putting music learning materials in a format that’s distance-learning friendly seems… I dunno. Like doing the most good for the most people?

  2. Andrea Odiorne says:

    This is really creative. Are the stuffy professor and the, I’m guessing, ‘cool’ musician going to reflect any conflict between proper form and creative interpretation? I’ve always been a little confused about how much of musicianship is ‘natural’ talent and how much is learned. Also, as a history student, I am interested in the period/context in which the sonata form was developed and/or standardized, but I wouldn’t want going into that to take away from the force of the story.