No World without Music

A short film for the 450th anniversary of the Staatskapelle Berlin

Slated for a YouTube digital premiere on September 1, 2020

This year, the Staatskapelle Berlin is celebrating its 450th anniversary; No other orchestra in Berlin is so closely connected to the city and its historical upheavals and can look back on such a long history. A poetic short film has been created with the support of YouTube. The idea was developed and implemented by iHeartBerlin, and shows the special connection between the musicians of the orchestra and the capital city. It not only highlights historical places, but also shows Berlin today in all its diversity.

We imagined the city as a gigantic orchestra pit, as a resonance space for the ten representatives of the orchestra, who are kilometers away but connected by music.

Claudio Rimmele

In the short film “No World without Music” we watch ten musicians from the Staatskapelle Berlin of different instrument groups, origins, and ages who are preparing for a concert: not in the concert hall or the orchestra pit, but in special places in the city. In the Prinzenbad outdoor pool in Kreuzberg, where bathers usually splash around, horn player Sebastian Posch plays. In the middle of the work of art in the current exhibition by Katharina Grosse in the Hamburger Bahnhof stands the instrument of solo timpanist Torsten Schönfeld, and concertmaster Jiyoon Lee tunes her violin high on the tower of the Frankfurt Gate.

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“No World without Music” – coming soon! YouTube premiere 1st September at noon For the 450th anniversary of Staatskapelle Berlin @iheartberlin created a poetic short film, that shows the unique connection between the orchestra and Berlin. The short film will premiere on Staatsoper Berlin’s YouTube channel on 1st September at 12pm – stay tuned! Support by @youtube! Special thanks to the locations @futuriumd @staatlichemuseenzuberlin @loqi @berliner_baederbetriebe @staatsbibliothek_zu_berlin @kindlberlin @shishi_berlin #grünberlin #tempelhoferfeld #hamburgerbahnhofmuseum #bodemuseum #prinzenbad and to director @claudioheartsberlin and the musicians! #staatskapelleberlin #450yearsstaatskapelleberlin #450years #anniversary #celebration #noworldwithoutmusic #iheartberlin #youtube #berlin #orchestra #comingsoon @jiyoon.violin @cristinagomezgodoy.oboe @j._oswald @noncsimakkos

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“We imagined the city as a gigantic orchestra pit, as a resonance space for the ten representatives of the orchestra, who are kilometers away but connected by music,” says director Claudio Rimmele, describing the idea behind the short film. “We also wanted to creatively deal with the restrictions of the COVID-19 safety measures and develop a unique visual language”.

The audience hears the voices of concertmaster Jiyoon Lee and principal oboist Cristina Gómez Godoy over the orchestra’s tune-in sounds. During the filming, they speak about their relationship to classical music and about the moment before a concert performance. As the last sentence, Jiyoon Lee speaks the eponymous words: “There is no world without music”. In the second part of the film, the final passage of the finale of Anton Bruckner’s 4th Symphony can be heard in a recording by the Staatskapelle Berlin under the musical direction of its General Music Director Daniel Barenboim. Together, they have performed the Bruckner cycle with all nine symphonies in recent years not only in Berlin, but also in Vienna, Paris, Tokyo, and New York. 

The moving music merges with the shapes and colors of the big city.

On September 1st, 2020 at 6 a.m. EST, “No World without Music” will celebrate its digital premiere on the YouTube channel of the Staatsoper Unter den Linden. The short film is complemented by a 10-part series of one-minute portraits of the protagonists, which will be released beginning September 7th. On September 6th, the “No World without Music” film will be shown on the screen during the opening act of “Staatsoper for All.”

The film is a collaboration with the English-language culture magazine iHeartBerlin, which has a strong network within Berlin’s creative and cultural scene. The director Claudio Rimmele founded iHeartBerlin 13 years ago together with Frank R. Schröder, and meanwhile has launched and implemented several unique cultural projects through iHeartBerlin. The project was made possible by the support of YouTube.

The protagonists of the film

Jiyoon Lee – 1st concertmaster

Cristina Gómez Godoy – 1st solo oboist

Claudia Stein – 1st solo flutist

Noémi Makkos – trumpeter

Claire Sojung Henkel – cellist

Kaspar Loyal – double bass player

Matthias Glander – 1st principal clarinetist

Torsten Schönfeld – solo timpanist

Sebastian Posch – horn player

Jürgen Oswald – bass trombonist

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