The Art

“Prairie Symphony #1” by Mike Efford. This piece is meant to evoke the feeling across the plains after an early morning rainfall, as golden light sweeps across the hills. Color becomes a shifting mirage of earthen harmonies. The video was made with simply a virtual camera and the artwork, nothing else: pan, zoom and fade explore the lyrical forms and colors of the prairie, orchestrating with Grieg’s music.

The Music

“Peer Gynt Suite #1: Morning Mood” by Edvard Grieg, MusOpen Symphony Orchestra. Grieg’s incidental music for Henrik Ibsen’s play Peer Gynt is a romantic favorite. Grieg’s original music for the play was 90 minutes long, and he edited sections of it into the 2 suites widely known today. The piece evokes an atmospheric vision of landscape for me, and the video is my exploration of the rich connections of tonal quality between the music and the art.