The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci
for SATB choir, orchestra, and video projections
(using MUSÉIK software from Ion Concert Media)
by Jocelyn Hagen
PREMIERING IN 2019
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Because da Vinci’s intricate handwriting and sketches are stunningly beautiful, it would be odd not to include them as a visual component to this project. Because he was left-handed, his words and letters, written in vernacular Italian, are reversed. (This technique kept his sleeve out of the wet ink.) I imagine these beautifully scribed words scrolling above the musicians and adding a wonderful texture to the performance. Many sketches in the notebooks are of the human form, and will correspond perfectly to his observations on the proportions of the body. It is my intent that an animator will take these images and breathe life into them for the video projections.
Ion Concert Media created MUSÈIK, the world’s most advanced digital sync software, a few years ago in Minnesota, and ever since I learned about the technology I have been working towards creating a project that utilizes it to its fullest potential. The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci will be the first large concert work to be created with this technology in mind.
“Though human ingenuity may make various inventions, it will never devise any inventions more beautiful, nor more simple, nor more to the purpose than Nature does; because in her inventions nothing is wanting, and nothing is superfluous.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci