Love of Line, of Light and Shadow: The Brooklyn Bridge

for Clarinet, Color Video, and Electronic Sound .. (1982) .. 10:24

This work may be played with acoustic clarinet in a medium-sized or chamber hall. In a large hall, amplification of the clarinet may be required. In a small, non-reverberant space, short reverb or digital delay of the clarinet will improve the sound.

Moderately easy.

This concert video is a centennial tribute to one of America's most beloved structures. Since its opening in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge has been regarded as a magnificent monument to the Age of Optimism.


Its union of the heavy stone architecture of the past with the spidery structural steel of the future marked the beginning of the modern age. In the years since, it has become a favorite subject of artists and photographers.


The visual beauty of the bridge is complemented by the massive sonic resonance of its motor traffic. Both are major elements in “Love of Line...”.


Location recordings of bridge visuals and sounds were processed using many analog video and audio devices; in addition, digital processing was accomplished with a Cromemco Z-2 8-bit computer with a CAT-100 frame buffer (video) and a Fairlight CMI (audio).


The visual interplay of light and heavy materials has no sonic equivalent at the bridge--even its lightest sounds evoke the dense drone of a gigantic beehive. Hence, synthesized sounds and the clarinet part were created to provide contrasting elements.


This work of homage, serenade, and celebration was commissioned by clarinetist F. Gerard Errante.


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OPEN PDF FILE OF STORYBOARD SCORE (3.1 MB)

This version of the score shows where each scene change
occurs in the music, and what the opening visual of the
scene looks like. Five such copies of the score were prepared, containing hand-pasted photo prints.

The purpose was to give some idea of the piece to people who
did not have access to video playback. This was far from rare
in the mid-1980's.


CLARINETISTS WHO PERFORM “LOVE OF LINE, OF LIGHT AND SHADOW: THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE”

Rebecca Chappell
Kevin Clouse
F. Gerard Errante
Gerald J. Farmer
Joelle Fesenmaier
Paul Garner
Leslie Gerbasi
Kidd Jordan
John C. Laughton
Scott Locke
Jill-Ann MacDowell
Ann McCutchan
Ann McDonald
Thomas Parchman
Blaise Parker
William Powell
Tilly Prudhom
James Russell
Ciro Scarponi
John C. Scott
Christian Vuust
Dawn Ellen Whaley
Nathan Williams
Leona Frances Woskowiak


CREDITS AND ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

Production, Direction, Music, Editing, Video, Image Processing, Computer Animation, Sound, Audio Processing: Reynold Weidenaar

Location Video Camera: Meryl Bronstein

Location Audio Recording Assistance: Kenn Stepman

Digital Audio Production Technician: Brenda I. Hutchinson

Video Post-Production Editing Technician: Matt Danowski

Recorded Clarinetist, Composite Version: F. Gerard Errante

Location video equipment provided by Locus Communications, New York, N.Y.

Location assistance provided by the Mayor's Office for Motion Pictures, New York, N.Y.

Video image processing produced at, and production assistance provided by, the Experimental Television Center, Owego, N.Y., which is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. ETC video computer system and software design by David Jones and Paul Davis.

Digital audio production at Public Access Synthesizer Studio, New York, N.Y.

Video post-production at Electronic Arts Intermix, New York, N.Y.

Commissioned by and dedicated to F. Gerard Errante.

Copyright 1982 by Magnetic Music Publishing Co. (ASCAP).