The 'Theater am Ring' Scores Vol. 2 - Schiller Meets Shakespeare

by Erik Malter

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A much darker tone dominates this second Volume of the "Theater am Ring"-scores: Was it in Volume One the unburdened atmosphere of comedy plays, which the music tries to phrase, it is now the heaviness of misfortune and fate in two canonical dramas: "The Robbers" by Friedrich Schiller and "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare.

The music of the "Theater am Ring"-production "The Robbers" from 2009 is kind of jumping between the styles: on the one hand the modern sound with electric guitars and rock organs, and on the other hand the classical tune (for track 8 definitely inspired by Beethoven). I used this style mixture to illustrate the the differences between the two main characters of the play: Franz of Moor, who still lives in his father's bourgeoisie, and Karl of Moor, who founds with his friend Spiegelberg in Leipzig a "robber band", how they call theirselfes. The play is constituted by this difference between "old" and "new", bourgeoise and revolutionary, and so the music has to be too.

Composing the music for the production "Hamlet", which premiered in 2010, I had help from Max Christian Schulz, a dear friend of mine, who himself composed many themes for the play. So the tracks, in which I wasn't included in the writing or recording process, are not part of this album.

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released January 1, 2011

Track 11: Written and recorded with Max Christian Schulz, who also played the cello and the balalaika for this track.

Track 15: Written with Max Christian Schulz, who recorded and played all Instruments and the swords. For the chorus: aditional voice by Martin Pfannenstiel.

Each track was written, recorded and mixed with Finale Notation Sofware and Magix Music Maker.

The plays were adapted for the "Theater am Ring" by Uwe Grün and directed by Torsten Malter. For more information visit our sides: www.theateramring.de
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