*** Spotlight on Dmytro Morykit ***
After last year’s successful tour of Metropolis LIVE, Dmytro Morykit has now created a new score for Nosferatu and will premiere it at the Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa and The Guildhall in Leicester. We interviewed Dmytro and asked him about his latest venture among other things.
Thank you for talking to Break A Leg Review, can you tell us why you chose ‘Nosferatu’ to compose for and what the inspiration was for selecting this film in particular?
In 2014 I was asked to create a new score for Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. Having only 8 weeks to create the work, I looked to my existing compositions to re-engage with the film and was surprised by the results. After the success of Metropolis (it has currently been performed 15 times), I was then encouraged by fans to create a score for Murnau’s Nosferatu, which I initially resisted, even though I’ve been a fan for years. Metroplis was such an intense and all-consuming experience that I couldn’t envisage working on another score so soon. However, whilst composing some new work (The Glen Suite), I decided to try it with Nosferatu and the process began, in earnest. With Nosferatu, I was able to experiment with mood and create a different aesthetic to Metropolis. Murnau’s Nosferatu is not shot in the ‘horror’ genre as such, it is more gothic, even romantic, which achieves a truly sinister feel.
When you watched the film, what were the over-riding themes that you felt you needed to incorporate in the composition?
There is a feeling of inevitability running through the film, a feeling of eventual doom; the undoing of someone’s good intentions. The seeds are sown early in the simplest ways, a romantic gesture of giving flowers is corrupted. To create this musically, is something I do well – it played into my hands!
What are your favourite films?
The Innocents, Metropolis, Blade Runner, Sunset Boulevard, Delicatessen, A Touch of Evil, The Birds, 39 Steps, Dolce Vita, Boris Karloff, Dr Zhivago, there are so many, and of course, Nosferatu.
Is there another film that you are keen to compose for?
Yes, but it’s not been made yet. 🙂
What inspires you when you’re watching a film and gives you the passion to compose for it?
The ability of film to transport the senses (and the music is crucial) and not necessarily written for the film. It frustrates me when a good image is flawed by music which is inappropriate. Too much music mimics and reacts rather than compliments. A good image can dance with a piece of music and both should be able to stand alone.
You can book tickets to see ‘Nosferatu’ at Royal Centre Leamington Spa, here: http://www.warwickdc.gov.uk/royalspacentre/events/event/447/nosferatu_live_-_with_new_score_by_dmytro_morykit
You can also use this link for tickets to see it in Leicester: https://www.ents24.com/leicester-events/leicester-guildhall/nosferatu/4510215