Orchestra toys with computer game heroes
A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Tuesday 15 December 1992
The updated version of Leopold Mozart's work will have characters like Sonic the Hedgehog and Super Mario replacing the children's rattles of the original.
The piece, to be composed by Martyn Harry, will have references to the original work but also references to the 'music' and signature themes emanating from computer screens. It has been commissioned by Charles Hazlewood, the 26-year-old former Keble College organ scholar, who has formed a chamber music ensemble, EOS. No member is older than the conductor and it has the now not-quite-so-novel aim of bringing classical music to a new audience.
Mr Hazlewood, whose ensemble is performing another piece at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London this week, said yesterday: 'Music is about communicating from one generation to the next. Sega and Super Nintendo have completely obsessed this generation and a Toy Symphony for the 21st century should reflect that.
'One has to use the visual media in radical ways. It's not just a case of chucking lights on to the music. The new Toy Symphony will have scope for using robots and aeroplanes. It could be the first virtual reality symphony, with banks of video screens towering over the musicians, incredible lighting and virtual reality gear in the audience.'
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