The full suite of animations accompanied by original music compositions of #WildeStories - our transmedia creative arts project by Athena Media around the fairytales of Oscar Wilde. The outputs of which have been a radio series (now available as podcast) and Live event in the heart of Dublin. More at - wildestories.ie
All music scored by Composer Michael Gallen (michaeljgallen.com) and all animated works are by Fine Artist, Felicity Clear (felicityclear.com).
1. A Hidden Delight (The Happy Prince) 5.40’- choir and orchestra - begins with cityscape tape part, then choir and orchestra come in with timbral, wave-like sounds - doppler effect. Finishes with choral piece based on middle-eastern/Sufi poetry - “a hidden delight, l loved to be exalted…”
Performance: RTÉ Cór na nÓg and RTÉ Concert Orchestra
2. Shelter - (The Devoted Friend) 5.38’ - orchestra with solo violin (Mia Doherty) and important tape part. Solo violin feels vulnerable against stormy orchestral texture - tape part contains child’s voice (”I was half afraid you had forgotten me”) and large whale-like chords.
Performance: RTÉ Concert Orchestra with violin soloist Mia Cooper
3. How to Go Off (like a rocket) - (The Remarkable Rocket) 4.33’ — orchestra alone - very fast, wild orchestration, lots of melodies climbing over one another, vying for attention.
Visuals: The Remarkable Rocket / How to go off (like a rocket)
4. Press Closer (The Nightingale and the Rose) 7.50’
solo boy soprano (Evan Lawrence), solo operatic soprano (Rachel Croash), choir, orchestra and tape (mainly just pre-records). Piece spans entirety of nightingale’s song, from discovery of the boy until her sacrifice.
Performance: Boy Soprano Evan Lawrence, Soprano Rachel Croash, RTÉ Cór na nÓg, RTÉ Concert Orchestra
5. The Most Beautiful Flowers of All (The Selfish Giant). 8.00”
Choir and orchestra. Choir at the centre of the piece singing song in divided harmonies/canons, orchestra accompany. Piece ends with choir on their own creating a cloud-like, floating texture with melody on words “today you shall come with me to my garden which is paradise”.
Performance: RTÉ Cór na nÓg, RTÉ Concert Orchestra
Music performed by: RTÉ Concert Orchestra, conducted by Gavin Moloney, with RTÉ Cór na nÓg (lead by Choral Director Mary Amond O’Brien, with solo vocal performances by soloists Rachel Croash and Evan Lawrence). Music recorded in RTÉ Radio and audio mixed by Richard McCullough.
Radio series Wilde Stories broadcast on RTÉ Lyric FM and made with the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and the TV licence fee.
Additional funding support by Dublin City Council.
Producer: Helen Shaw
Audio Editor: Pearse Ó Caoimh
Digital Editor: John Howard.
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