New York: A City Symphony is a visual-music composition for live performance of orchestra and film.
In the tradition of early 20th-century city-symphony films, New York: A City Symphony treats the living, breathing organism of the city as its subject. Featuring real-life footage of New York captured over the course of 1 year, the composition explores the abstracted urban landscape through the lens of a contemporary symphony.
Inspired by synaesthesia—where one sense becomes intertwined with, even indistinguishable from, another—compositional ideas travel between orchestra and film in perceptible ways, achieving a larger canvas where music can play out visually, aurally, and sometimes as a new, combinative element. Colors are organized as chords, shapes move as melodies, and visual dissonances strive for resolution.
Running time: 15 minutes
Premiered at Carnegie Hall
Commissioned by American Composers Orchestra
John and Barbara Wood
American Composers Orchestra
Dept. of Music at Princeton University
IHUM at Princeton University
Funded in Part by:
Composers Assistance Program of New Music USA
Composer // Director:
Troy Herion & Elan Bogarin
Jonathan Bogarin & Jamie Northrup
Co-Director // Second Interlude: