A Midsummer Night's Dream OST

by Brothers Grimm & db pedersen

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about

Strollers Theatre
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
May 3rd through May 25th @ Bartell Theatre
William Shakespeare
directed by Greg Harris
Original Score composed & performed by db pedersen & Brothers Grimm

In approaching the score for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, db pedersen presented the Brothers Grimm with theme sketches and initial cue concepts that had been developed with dir. Greg Harris. We then spent the next few weeks of April attending rehearsals, observing the actors develop their character. In the nights following these observations we’d convene to have fast paced cue-composition sessions. One by one, we deconstructed db’s thematic material and built them up from the ground as a trio – finding our strongest instrumentation as we went. Our goal was to reduce the sauce of these themes down to a flavorful, simple substance – and hit tech week with a lot of room to grown organically in our accompaniment to the actors.

All material played on the 21 string Chinese guzheng 古筝 zither for this production’s score is in emulation of the European harp & hammered dulcimer. The entire instrument has been customized & re-tuned to fit different theme material in each register/octave. It is a completely unique tuning, never before used on the instrument, designed specifically for this show. [ ~Traditionally, the zither is tuned in multiple octaves of a single pentatonic scale; adapting pentatonic mode to fit the key, from D1 - D5]

MSND custom guzheng tuning, from low to high >

E♭1-F1-G♯1-A1-C2-D♯2-F2-G2-A2-C3-E3-F♯3-G3-A3-B3-C♯4-D4-F4-G♯4-B4′C♯5

~ and we hope here is a score fitted!

Cast

Hippolyta/Titania: Erin S. Baal
Theseus/Fairy: Matthew Korda
Oberon: Kathy Lynn Sliter
Robin Goodfellow (Puck)/Philostrate: Sean Langenecker
Helena: Andrea Kleiner
Hermia: Amanda Carroll
Lysander: Trent Mendez
Demetrius: Taran O'Reilly
Egeus/Fairy: Mark Snowden
Nick Bottom: Joseph Lutz
Peter Quince/Fairy: Marty Schwartz
Flute/Peaseblossom: Damon Butler
Snug/Moth: Jason Compton
Snout/Cobweb: Josh Paffel
Starveling/Mustardseed: Max Fleckner-Ducey

www.grimmusik.com
amc516.wix.com/dbpedersen
www.strollerstheatre.org
www.bartelltheatre.org

credits

released September 7, 2013

Original Theater Score composed & performed by Brothers Grimm & db pedersen 2013 (GrimmusiK016, BMI)

Main instruments:
AJ Grimm | classical guitar
BC Grimm | cello & guzheng
DB Pedersen | vocal-foley/sfx, throat singing, shruti box, various flutes, animal noises

Implements & Sough:
Pot Lid “tree” (struck//bowed)
bowed Saw
various Bells
Slide Whistles
Woodblock
Wup-Wob Cards (bent//bowed)
boxes of Twigs//Branches
… & etc!

Recorded by BC Grimm at Bartell Theatre
05/19/2013 Madison, WI
Mix & Mastered by BC Grimm

Photography by Jonathan J Miner
copyright 2013 J Miner Photography

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GrimmusiK Records Madison, Wisconsin

For over a decade the Brothers Grimm have been performing string music together on Guitar, Cello, and Chinese string instruments. Separately, Brian studied Chinese music in Hong Kong and AJ studied Flamenco in Granada, Spain. They draw upon these experiences in addition to contemporary classical music forming flexible approaches in composition and improvisation practices. ... more

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