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Nosferatu

Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau (1888 – 1931) / Jannik Giger (*1985): “Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror” (1922/2017)

As a composer and filmmaker, Jannik Giger is used to exploring and overcoming the boundaries between genres. Projects by and with him always bear his unmistakable signature. His affinity with film allows him to set Murnau’s classic “Nosferatu” to music in a sensitive and coherent way, without ever becoming bold or illustrative.

For his new setting of the silent film classic “Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror” (1922), which was premiered at the Bern Music Festival in 2017, Jannik Giger drew on set pieces from soundtracks to films by David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock as well as fragments from the Romantic sound world of Franz Schubert. These reminiscences haunt the score, on the one hand as played samples and on the other as compositional recreations for fourteen instrumentalists, thus linking the historicity of the film with the present of its performance. In the transformation of these traces of the sounding past and their juxtaposition with live musicians, Giger blurs the dividing lines between real and virtual sound production. He dissolves the conventional film-musical orchestral sound by overwriting it with a sound collage of alienated orchestral sounds. This has an intoxicating sonic sensuality and fits cleverly into Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s poetic imagery, underlining the dramaturgy of the film and yet remaining an independent unit of meaning. Furthermore, Giger’s composition repeatedly identifies its level of quotation as such and thus becomes a reflection on the nature and effect of film music. (Moritz Achermann)


Program

Jannik Giger (*1985) “Nosferatu – A Symphony of Horror” for ensemble and electronics (with film) (2017) – 90’
Jürg Henneberger
conductor
Christoph Bösch
flute
Toshiko Sakakibara
bass clarinet
Mihaly Fliegauf
contraforte
Aurélien Tschopp
horn
Michael Büttler
trombone
Daniel Stalder
percussion
Mauricio Silva Orendain
arciorgano
Kirill Zvegintsov
piano
Samuel Wettstein
piano
Friedemann Treiber
violin
David Sontòn Caflisch
violin
Petra Ackermann
viola
Stéphanie Meyer
cello
Martin Jaggi
cello
electronics