Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, Featuring Organist Christoph Bull
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This was wonderful. The organist Christoph Bull is from Mannheim. He was really stylish, dressed casually in a Von Dutch (ha ha) shirt and slacks.
The first part of the show was an organ recital. He played some preludes, fugues. The "trios" were really awesome...melody played with right hand, counter melody played with left, and a bass melody with the feet. (Christoph really got into it with his whole body.) It sounded similar to chamber music, light and meandering. He played a really awesome tocatta from a film called "Schlafes Bruder" (1995)...do you know this film? He talked about it a little bit...the plot sounds very bizarre. Anyway, that one was very discordant and chaotic...I loved it. Then he played one of his own arrangements of German folk songs, like a medley. His own style seems to draw from an enormous variety of influences, including jazz and soul.
There was an intermission, then the film, which was as beautiful as I expected it would be. Christoph improvised the score, but it sounded pretty worked out...it's not the first time he's done this film. The program says he felt that the repetitive structures of minimalism and techno matched the visual rhythm of the film. It's a film that's ahead of its time...there's a cautionary tone to its depiction of the increasing machination of work that has as much to say about Los Angeles in 2007 as Berlin in 1927. (It's amazing to think that some of the children in the film may still be alive today...or that my grandmother was a child when it was made.)
All in all a very nice evening. Apparently, it was all a bit much for the gentleman sitting behind me. I had to tap his knee in the middle of the film to get him to stop snoring.
Part of the Goethe-Institut 40th anniversary celebration of Los Angeles’ sister city partnership with Berlin, organist Christoph Bull performs a live score to Walter Ruttman's influential silent documentary, Berlin: Die Sinfonie einer Großstadt (1927), an optimistic ode to the "new" Berlin of the late 1920s, filmed less than 20 years before the Nazi occupation. An enthralling visual symphony in five movements, this expressionistic, feature-length montage offers a kaleidoscopic view of a single day in the life of the bustling metropolis, from dawn to dusk. The evening begins with an all-German concert on Royce Hall's magnificent pipe organ featuring works by Nicolaus Bruhns, Johann Sebastian Bach, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Johannes Brahms, N.J. Schneider and Christoph Bull.