Just a beautiful piece of music, with a beautiful piece of video, with a beautiful piano, and a beautiful cello.
Nice bit of class and culture for this afternoon’s post!
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Story behind the song:
There are few “hooks” in the movie-music world that are as grabby as the Bourne Identity Soundtrack riff (starts at 0:29). Like the movie series, its intensity commands attention. We just had to figure out a way to use it. In our usual style, we thought we’d create an “action movie soundtrack” that combined this and a piece of classical music. In the early 1700′s Antonio Vivaldi wrote a concerto for an instrument that was then largely “undiscovered” by the music world — the cello. Among the first cello solo pieces ever written, Vivaldi was gutsy enough to write it for not only one, but TWO solo cellos and string orchestra. With no “action movies” in the 1700′s, this piece was probably the closest you could get to one. It has intense and exciting moments between beautiful lyrical moments. It was this piece, among others, that got Steven (the cello guy) excited about classical music—it was one of the first pieces he played with orchestra.
90% of this tune was written in 3 days. We worked on it day and night because it was so enjoyable to write.
This video features Steve’s newest cello “Thor.” It was handmade for Steven by Dawson Swan out of STEEL. Dawson is an amazing artist. Check his website out here: http://dawesome.net/MetalCello.html. This cello inspired a lot of this music and video. ALL the percussion sounds you hear were created by THIS cello. Thank you Dawson!
Check out this recording of the actual Vivaldi piece: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2v89X_1ipc (Yo Yo Ma playing it with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra)
Another HUGE thank you to Paul Anderson (not our Paul Anderson, another Paul Anderson) — who rolled out the red carpet for us at the Mountain Cement Facility.
Bourne Identity Soundtrack (“Main Titles”) written by JOHN JAMES POWELL
Published by UNIVERSAL MUSIC CORP OBO UNIVERSAL PICTURES MUSIC
Concerto for 2 celli, strings, and continuo in G minor RV 531 composed by Antonio Vivaldi
Arrangement produced by Al van der Beek & Steven Sharp Nelson
Arrangement written by Al van der Beek, Jon Schmidt, & Steven Sharp Nelson
Jon Schmidt: piano
Steven Sharp Nelson: acoustic, electric, & STEEL cellos; cello-percussion
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios
Video produced by Paul Anderson & Tel Stewart
- Codename: Bourne Vivaldi (ladonasmusicstudio.com)
- Bourne Meets Vivaldi on a Train (mormonsoprano.com)