Le Chant du Rossignol 2010
Matthew Darbyshire’s contribution to ALIVE IN THE UNIVERSE is a music video he made in homage to the 1917 Igor Stravinsky symphonic poem Le Chant du Rossignol. It is made up of various scenes taken from sixteen existing mainstream feature films including AI, Blade Runner, Stepford Wives and Stomp the Yard.
Stravinsky’s song is an adaptation from his earlier work, Le Rossignol, an opera from 1914 based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale The Nightingale which was first published in 1843.
Darbyshire’s video includes motifs from the original tale, namely nature versus artifice and man versus machine, while also focussing on what the tale says about technology, art, love, nature, being, life and death.
While telling Anderson’s tale, the video also attempts to follow the main plot line of Stravinsky’s symphony and is similarly divided in to four scenes - the introduction of the free and natural Nightingale; the replacement of it by the mechanical bird; the Emperors death as a result of the artificial bird’s failure; and the return of the Nightingale to convince Death to let go.