THE BEGINNING OF THE CHALLENGE
(Written by Marco Grieco - music composer and co-lyricist)
In 2010 my brother Max and I had just finished attending a show of our first musical "Odyssey, the Musical" (see www.odisseathemusical.com) at the Teatro Sistina in Rome, when I received a call from a Pompeian friend who had seen our Odyssey and said, "Why do not plan to create a musical about the last days of Pompeii?".
Yeah, why not? I immediately recognized the thrill on my back I had felt back in 2003 when I began to compose the music of the first musical in history on the Odyssey of Homer. The same paralyzing terror! But it was only a moment. I spoke once with my brother who was enthusiastic. As soon as we returned from Rome we began to write and compose the song "Aurorae" which is contained in the video below. The song recounts, in a vivid and moving way, the last days of the ancient Vesuvian city before the eruption. The point of view of the story is that of an "eyewitness", Pliny the Younger, who, in a famous letter to the Roman historian Tacitus, told how his uncle Pliny the Elder became "actor" protagonist of a shipment of search and rescue in the area around Vesuvius when anxiety of the scientist was replaced by the hero's spirit. The last sentence of the song expresses a hope for the destroyed city, "...Pompeii will rise again". The video was made using the frescoes present archaeological site of Pompeii:
Then we continued the drafting of the work plan of the work:
So we wrote, in whole, the story in broad outline. We became immediately aware that the story was really compelling and we were greatly fascinated by the fact that, once again, as for our Odyssey, no one had ever tried to write a whole musical about the last days of Pompeii.
POMPEII FIRE & SOUL - INITIAL PHASE
Thanks to your donations we will be able to complete the writing of the lyrics and the composition of the music of all 18 songs from the musical. In addition we will be able to make the casting for the necessary actors and singers and make recordings of the songs in the recording studio.
This phase is the first step towards the completion of the project (which will be the subject of a new fundraising campaign on Kickstarter) which provides for the staging of "Pompeii FIre & Soul" inside the archaeological site of Pompeii (we are asking the necessary permits) and for which we will use impressive virtual sets as was done in our other works (see www.griecobrothers.com)
WHY TO PLEDGE FOR OUR PROJECT?
Because, in a certain way, is like becoming part of history! Because your name will be forever linked to the name of the first musical in history on the last days of Pompeii!
Risks and challenges
It is conceivable that, as any kind of purely creative enterprise of writing and composition, there may be a drop of inspiration, sometimes (fortunately very rare, but it can happen!) and this could result in a delay in the project implementation. But, as with any other of our past and present works, it is certain that in any case it will carry through, as is visible in a transparent way, on our official page www.griecobrothers.com.