• Richard Wagner
  • Tannhauser Overture (for Filmelodic)
    ((Dresden Version))

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)

This title accompanies the original film Runaway Overture, a short, original film in the Filmelodic series from Adam Grannick Multimedia, LLC. This film with live orchestra work may performed alone or in a set with Last Night's Symphonie (music by Hector Berlioz) and Sam and Barb's School for Scandal (music by Samuel Barber). For more information about the film, please visit Filmelodic. For more information about the film with live orchestra production, please visit Schirmer Theatrical.

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  • 18 min

Programme Note

Runaway OvertureRelated works:
   Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14 (to accompany the film "Last Night's Symphonie")

   Overture to "The School for Scandal" (to accompany the film "Sam and Barb's School for Scandal")

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Inspired by Richard Wagner's Overture to Tannhauser and shot without dialogue, RUNAWAY OVERTURE tells the story of an orphaned young painter who leaves home for the last time, willing to brave all obstacles for an opportunity in New York City. Simultaneously, the film also tells the story of an aging painter who struggles to let go of his dreams of becoming an artist, once he realizes that his dreams of painting have almost destroyed his relationship with his daughter.

Director's Statement

RUNAWAY OVERTURE attempts to dissolve stereotypes about the target audience for classical music. The film is the culmination of years of experiments with visualizing hidden stories within masterpieces of classical music and linking the universal sounds with the modern experiences of new audiences.

RUNAWAY OVERTURE uses the international language of music to take the traditional place of dialogue. But in this story, there is no "missing" dialogue, no miming, and no intertitles.Instead, we unify the story by using themes and dramatic beats present in the music.

In the context of our story, the themes and beats take on meanings that universalize the music for a young and modern audience. The characters and settings have musical counterparts that create associations more familiar to a 21st century audience. For example, the film explores themes of pilgrimage and love - both present in the music - and brings them into the modern world.

RUNAWAY OVERTURE brings to life what I believe are the similar processes of surrendering to music and surrendering to love - leaving oneself vulnerable to intense pain and exquisite joy.

I hope with this visually powerful and plot-driven expression of Wagner's music, classical music will find a new generation of absorbed listeners.— Adam Grannick

Film Specs

Approximate Running Time: 18 minutes

Film Completion Date: February 2015

Writer/Director: Adam Grannick

Director of Photography: Mickey Lewitter


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