The educational experimental drama “E=MC?” is an original play adapted from the story of the scientific master “Albert Einstein”. “Ether Theory” dominates the mainstream physics community in Europe. Under such a large environment, almost all physicists believe that the physical discipline has come to the end of exploration, and classical theories such as Aristotle and Newton are also considered to be “trends”. Nearly perfect.” In such a situation of public opinion, the young physicist Albert Einstein challenged the academic authority and the so-called “classics” with his independent thinking and firm stance. His voice is like a bolt of lightning, breaking the “quietness” of time and space and breaking the cognitive boundaries of human exploration of natural science. With the belief in the unremitting pursuit of truth, with a sonorous and powerful voice in the long river of time and space, solemnly issued a scientific oath.
The author is fortunate to participate in the original work of this play. Through this play, I will share with you how to use music to build a picture story. Below I will introduce them one by one according to the development of the plot. It is recommended that readers and friends use the music player, search for the “Select Music” track, follow the text, and feel the story in the play together.
”Prologue (Nobel Prize in Physics)”,
selected music: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in GMajor, BWV 1048-1
. At the scene of the Bell Prize in Physics, a row of European mainstream scientific authorities appeared in front of the audience. Under the guidance of the awarding master of ceremonies, “Philip Leonard” steadily moved to the center of the stage, and he finally climbed to the physics he focused on. The pinnacle of the field, with an imperceptible smile, is waiting for the horn of recognition to sound for him.
In order to highlight the magnificent and unattainable grand scene, the author chose the “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3” of “J·S Bach” to pave the way for the atmosphere of this scene. In the piece, three violins, three violas, three cellos and a double bass as a continuo bass, as well as a harpsichord, with its unique instrument configuration, allow the audience to feel 20 from the musical experience. At the beginning of the century, the social atmosphere of the upper class, authority and royal family in European society. The appearance of “Brandenburg Concerto No. 3” is not only to pave the way for this academic peak feast, but also to use the emerald-engraved gold-like harmony texture in its concerto to lead to the subsequent appearance of “Einstein” ”, which makes him form a huge character contrast with academic authorities such as “Philip Leonard”, and highlights the new voice of science of the era that he made. In the so-called “clear sky” academic environment, it is particularly thunderous, which will indicate that A storm that subverts “classics and authority”.
”Prologue (“Einstein” wanders alone in the street)”, music
selection: “How Long Has This Been Going On?” sung by “Audrey Hepburn”
Leonard”, the 1905 Nobel Laureate in Physics) challenged and received a harsh response. On the one hand, he was obsessed with the pursuit of the truth of natural science, and on the other hand, he had the responsibility of raising a wife and children. The young “Einstein” “He was helpless in the cruelty of reality, wandering the streets alone, thinking about “now” and “future”.
For this stage picture, the author chose “How Long Has This Been Going On?” sung by “Audrey Hepburn”. Among them, this solo piece does not use the complete part of the music in the play, it is only the prelude of the opening orchestra 00:00-00:45. At the beginning of the music, the feeling of loneliness is drawn out by the soft strings, and then the harp is paved to slow down the time of the soul. During this period, the clarinet and the flute saw the mutual reflection of thoughts and memories. When he helped, the breath in his heart couldn’t help but tremble. With the stage, “Einstein” stood in the halo, looked up at the starry sky, and smiled blankly, revealing that life has to go on, and that he still has a good heart. Faith is an open-minded mind for a tough journey. As the stage lights changed from strong to weak, the music slowly faded out, and the figure of “Einstein” disappeared at the end of the “street”.
”Act 1 (“Einstein”‘s home)”,
selected music: Album Best Jazz: 100 Piano Standards Single “Daydream” (played by Al Haig – Invitation)
This clip is “Einstein” with several like-minded A friend of mine tells about the possible “new discoveries” in physics – “quantum theory”. Just as he was enjoying himself, the sausages sent by his sister “Maya” made “Einstein” wake up the hunger that endured for a day, and made him return from the hot discussion of “quantum mechanics” to the reality of daily needs. The song is selected here, and the cheerful atmosphere brought by the jazz style of “swing” allows the stage characters to return from the inner world to the warm field surrounded by family and friends.
”Act II (on the failure of the ‘Michelson Morey’ experiment)”, selected music: Winter in Vilvadi’s “Four Seasons”
In the story of the play, a boy who travels through time and space is designed. He wanders the streets due to heavy schoolwork and meets a young “Einstein”. Inspired by the scientific spirit of “Einstein”, the boy returns with “Einstein”. Arrived at home, and met his friend “Solovin” who studies philosophy. “Solovin” said to the boy, “From a philosophical point of view, all theorems cannot be applied to everything, and even an authoritative point of view must conform to a rigorous and objective position.” To support this fact, “Solo Wen” tells the boy about a real event, the failure of the “Michelson Murray” experiment. This experiment set off a huge wave in the physics community at that time, and it was regarded as the last straw to crush the “ether theory”. The stage at the moment is a scene of nervousness and hurry of the experimental researchers of “Michelson Murray”. With the gradual entry of the harpsichord, the air seems to be overcast, and the double bass, cello, viola, and violin are playing in eight The diaeresis comes in, making the somber harmonies look like the whole sky is covered in dark clouds. The Winter of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” is world-famous as a violin concerto, in which the 32nd note arrangement and the combination of vibrato always make people see bursts of lightning. Although the composer used the whole piece to express the cold and windy winter, in the rhythm of the stage, the gloomy, cold, and dim color of the melody has nothing to do with the inner “haze” brought about by the failure of the “Michelson Morey” experiment. “The formation of a good echo indicates the failure of the experiment, that is, the collapse of the building of physics.
”Act 2 (good news of acceptance by the Berne Patent Office)”,
selected music: Violin Concerto No.5 In A, K.219: III. Rondeau (Tempo di minuetto)
After a long search, “Albert Einstein” finally received an acceptance notice from the Berne Patent Office, and the family’s life gained new hope. Anyone who knows “Einstein” knows that he is not only a great physicist, but also a top-notch violinist. In his hands, the qin is not only a microphone for the beautiful melody, but also the best companion for him to express his mood. Surrounded by family and friends, “Einstein” stood on the stairs leading to the attic and played “Mozart” Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major “The Third Movement”. The rhythm of its minuet made this small family home The atmosphere was full of lightheartedness, joy, and peace. At the same time, on the other side of the stage, Baron Kelvin (real name: William Thomson) was walking into the lobby with a glass of wine, declaring to celebrities from all walks of life the peak of the so-called “physics world”. In his eyes, the scientific edifice of Newton’s classical physics has been developed to perfection, and there is no need to make further progress. The selection of this track here is not only to enhance the warm atmosphere of “Einstein”‘s home, but also to match the splendor of the “upper-class” banquet. The strong contrast between the atmospheres indicates the confrontation between the two forces in the future.
”Act 3 (On the way to the Bern Patent Office)”,
selected music: Piano Quartet in E flat major, KV 493: I. Allegro
”Mileva” sends her husband (Einstein) to the Bern patent Looking at the light in “Einstein”‘s eyes, she couldn’t help but smile on her face. She knew that although the patent office job was not her husband’s ideal career, here, “Einstein” While Stan” received the income, he still had plenty of time to do the scientific exploration he had been insisting on.
Here, “Mozart”‘s “Piano Quartet in E-flat Major – Opus 493 – Allegro” is used to echo the longing and surging mood in the hearts of “Einstein” and his wife “Mileva”. The appearance of the string melody is like the footsteps of their fast walking on the stone brick road hand in hand, and it is like the ripples of their hearts that are always beating. The transparent sound like water droplets of the piano gave a clear luster, as if the light of hope led them forward. On the stage, they shuttled through the hustle and bustle of the city. With this piece of music, everything around them slowed down, as if they were the only ones here, and everything became quiet and peaceful.
”Act 3 (Coming to the Patent Office in Bern)”,
selected music: “Rhapsody in Blue” from the Manhattan album 02:30-05:
08 Looking at the busy scene here, I was full of expectations, but also had a little doubt. The staff here are very busy, everyone is expressionless, and they are performing repetitive operations like chicken blood, looking like a clockwork robot. This clip is taken from 02:30-05:08 in the whole song of “Gershwin” and “Rhapsody in Blue”. Since this piece of music contains many picture details, it will be explained one by one below.
The entry of the piano is obviously slowing down. This is the beginning of Einstein’s doubts. From the initial brisk pace, he slowed down and began to observe everything around him.
The piano at the moment sounds a bit disorganized and emotional, which shows that “Einstein” is running around with other staff members clueless in order to find where he should go people ignore his inquiries).
”Einstein” strayed into a large office area, and the people here were processing patent documents like an assembly line. The sudden roar of the orchestra set off the helplessness of “Einstein” when he was forcibly arranged to work. Like others, he quickly reviewed the mountains of patent documents.
[03:43-04:46] The squeaking
of Trumpet’s “Hua Tongue (sound blowing technique)” makes the music enter a more frantic state. At the same time, the review work of the Patent Office is also crazy , mechanical execution. Accompanied by the languid melody of the clarinet (04:22), “Einstein” also felt tired, and suddenly the horn seemed to be “beating the sound” (04:23) and brought a restlessness, as if to wake everyone up: “Sleep for what sleep, get up! Go on!” So everyone started running for their lives in the crazy mechanical execution.
this melody, first the clarinet is sloppy and lazy, then the trumpet (with wah) sounds like a child, followed by the trombone (with wah) but it is also soft Powerless, the flute appears empty and empty, accompanied by the collective explosive continuous syncopated rhythm of the brass group, which makes people tremble. This short 21-second melody, through different instruments, expresses the feeling of physical and mental exhaustion after high-intensity work. The final explosion of the brass group is very similar to the panic that occurs from time to time after our nerves are too tense.
”Act 3 (Boy Meets “Einstein” on a Busy Day)”, Music Chosen: Op. 13 – Sonata No. 8 – Pathetique “Pathetique” – 2 Adagio cantabile
After a busy day, “Einstein” finally has time to wander freely in his mind. The boy who traveled through time and space is meeting “Einstein” who is off work. When he saw the boy’s clear eyes, he couldn’t help but think of himself who had been inquiring about the mysteries of the universe. He looked up at the stars and imagined the universe. He and the boy thought about the past, present and future of mankind during the discussion. Here, the second movement of Beethoven’s “Sadness” sonata, with the rhythm of a song in the mid-bass area, seems to be telling gently, more like a sincere sigh that has experienced spiritual tempering. In the eyes of “Einstein”, the stars in the sky are like those giants of natural science, and the gaze of the sages in the starry sky makes him firm up his inner persistence.
”Act 4 (The Head-on Academic Confrontation of “Einstein” and “Leonard”)”, Selected Music: The Winter of Vilvadi’s “Four Seasons”
”Philip Leonard” as the representative of the academic peak against the unknown” Einstein” launched a fierce academic debate. On the stage, there was a long table. They each held one side. Here, the winter of “Four Seasons” sounded again. The last time it appeared was to herald the coming of the storm, and this time it was a confrontation between the needles and wheat. The confrontation of the argument flashes between the storm and the thunderous notes.
”Act 4 (“Einstein”‘s monologue in the pursuit of truth)”, selected music: Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata, the first movement
Facing “authority”‘s attack, “Einstein” fell into loneliness again, and he At the corner of the stairs, hesitation, doubt, and persistence lingered in his heart for a while. The first movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata unfolds slowly with dark-tone melody, accompanied by the mirrored lakeside, the warm and full moon, and the scientific sages far away seem to tell him that the pursuit of truth is never-ending, not only will he experience inner feelings. Grind, and even experience physical ordeal.
Through the practice of stage art, the author deeply realizes that in the comprehensive arts (drama, film and television), the rational use of music can set off the plot, and it is also an indispensable and important element for the success of a play. Different plots choose different music to better highlight the characters and make the rhythm of the music perfectly fit the plot, so that the performances of the characters in the play can leave a deep impression on the audience under the background of the music.