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SOUNDTRACK: Music for Egon Schiele.

April 16, 2009 Leave a comment

You’ve probably never heard of Egon Schiele, much less whatever production the music was made for. I’ll admit, it is rather obscure. But let’s have a little lesson, shall we?
Egon Schiele was an Austrian major figurative painter of the early 19th century. His work was widely controversial for featuring nudes and so-called “pornographic” constructs, though his paintings are now considered to be associated with the art nouveau movement. His life was made into a German film in 1980, and was later adapted into a theatrical dance production in 1995. This theater production was scored by American post-rock group Rachel’s. (wikipedia for Egon Schiele)

Music for Egon Schiele

Rachel’s is an American post-rock group formed in Louisville, Kentucky in 1991. The group’s work is strongly influenced by classical music, particularly inspired by the minimalist music of the late 20th century, and its composition reflects this. The group’s recordings and performances feature a varying ensemble of musicians, who play a range of string instruments (including viola and cello) in combination with piano, guitars, electric bass guitar, and a drum set that includes a large orchestral bass drum. (wikipedia for Rachel’s)

This is classical music, if classical music had a present-day stigma. There’s certain elements of modern musical qualities, but above all the instrumentals never lose their sense of far-away times and pure musicality, back when it meant string instruments and sheet music.

Music for Egon Schiele on wikipedia
Rachel’s on myspacelast.fm
buy the album on amazon
“Family Portrait”
“Egon & Gertie”

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