Tagtool drawing at the Berg orchestra concert held in the Museum of Music in Prague on Monday 7 December. The concert opened with the first public performance of Slyšíš ty ptáky (You hear the birds), a new work for soprano and orchestra by the Czech composer Jana Vöröšová. Below is the text of Ivan Wernisch‘s poem.
Slyšíš ty ptáky You hear the birds
Slyšíš, ti ptáci You hear the birds
jako by volali as if they were calling
Ne, mne ne No, not me
volají they call
mé jméno, my name,
mne ne not me
Jak rád bych věděl, I would love to know,
co znamená what means
mé jméno my name
v řeči ptáků in birds’ language
I made the practice drawings below at the rehearsal on Sunday.It was great to have this opportunity to hear the music and to try out ideas for drawing before the performance. The pierced wall and interior stairway of the museum made for a very interesting drawing surface but as Slyšíš ty ptáky was quite a short piece of music, (under 10 minutes long) I had to draw very quickly!
I was also asked to provide a visual accompaniment to the final piece in the programme, Giya Kancheli‘s ‘Midday Prayers’. For this music ( which was about 25 minutes long) I kept the drawing very slow and minimal, using mostly transparent layers, beginning in monochrome and only adding colour towards the end of the work when the boy soprano began to sing. For parts of the drawing Dima made some animation and fading for me, following the tempo of the music. Below are some screenshots taken from his video camera.