HE IN ME:
A writers peaceful world is shattered when a crazed neighbor moves into the apartment directly below him and his wife. Their perfect marriage deteriorates as the noise from Apt 102 invades every corner of their shelter, forcing the civilized intellectual upstairs to defend his modest two bedroom kingdom against the witless barbarism of his adversary downstairs: a character who embodies everything our protagonist loathes and fears.
A montage of art renderings throughout the ages depicting the fall of man, set to the music of Maurice Ravel (from his ballet, "Daphnis and Chloe"). The sequence of images in this piecebeginning with the Garden of Eden, the Temptation, and the catastrophic Expulsion from Paradisewas driven more by Ravel's music than by strict adherence to Scripture. I used it to dramatize the ramifications of Adam's sin: his shame and vulnerability before heaven, the enmity between God and man, the war of Good vs Evil, and the impending judgment upon the world.
Brazil" was inspired by the music of native composer, Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959). His "Ch˘ros No. 10," written in 1926, is a musical extravaganza, unlike anything this listener has experienced before or since.
The composer's aim in this tone poem," wrote David Wright, "...was to evoke not just the life of Brazil's European style cities, nor the spiritual character of the Indian rain forest, but to bring both together in a meaningful encounter...His materialsIndian chants, bird songs, and urban dance rhythmshave not lost their freshness and power, and this self-taught composer's handling of large orchestral and choral forces is nothing short of spectacular."
Listening to "Ch˘ros No. 10," I feel as though I've seen Brazil, without actually having visited the country. Indeed, the composition is so evocative, so intoxicating, the images pretty much suggest themselves. I therefore attempted to capture that experience through the use of still photos, which I'd collected, then animated and synchronized with the music. My goal in this, my most ambitious video to date, was to emulate the spirit of Villa-Lobos' creation by incorporating Brazilian art, religion, city life, nature and the carnival (as the composer himself had done), and weaving them into a visual tour-de-force that would do justice his masterpiece...as well as the land and culture(s) that spawned it.
A collage of sorrowful children, set to the music of Pietro Mascagni. The pictures I used are not my own. I culled them from various websites and online photo galleries and worked them into this brief mood piece.
The music I used (the Intermezzo from Cavelleria Rusticana) underscores the themes and adult conflicts portrayed in Mascagni's opera. However, as a standalone piece, I feel that it evokes something fundamental in all of us---something profoundly sad, heartbreaking, going back to childhood.
Whenever I listen to this music, these are the images I see.
"When we are born, we cry that we are come
To this great stage of fools." (King Lear: IV, 6)
FOR DAD: A TRIBUTE...
A loving tribute to my dad, Maestro Theodore Gargiulo Sr., set to the music of his favorite composer: Giacomo Puccini.