Musics by Ernst Reijseger for Werner Herzog Films

Music has always played a central part in the art of film director Werner Herzog.
It was never an addition but always an integral part of every creation of his, but in his most recent films, Herzog uses it for a step further: “I want to use imagery and sound in a way you have never before experienced.”
In this research, Herzog had as a companion and faithful collaborator, the Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger, who composed the music for all of his latest films in the last 17 years: “The Wild Blue Yonder”, “White Diamonds”, “My Son My Son, What Have You Done”, “Cave of Forgoten Dreams”, “Salt and Fire”, Family Romance”, “Nomad: In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin”, up to the latest “The Fire Within: A Requiem for Katia and Maurice Kraff”.

“Requiem for a Dying Project” is a concert that brings to life the magic atmosphere of Werner Herzog’s movies.
The encounter between author-musicians and images on the screen becomes a multi-media show of image and sound. The final effect is a trance out of space and time. The music brings northern and southern traditions together in courageous and unexpected ways, mixing avant guard jazz, contemporary music, and the ancient roots of sound. Requiem for a Dying Planet is hypnotic in its beauty and stunning in its scope.
Ernst Reijseger meets Herzog as an equal on the creative field, and together they produce a super-composition, transcending the art of music into another realm.

The music is performed by an amazing ensemble, in which the cello is mixed by the Dutch Ernst Reijseger (composer of all the material), the voice of the Senegalese Mola Sylla, the piano by Harmen Fraanje and the polyphonies of the Tenore and Concordu group of Orosei, five traditional Sardinian singers.
Most parts of this album were influenced by compositions originally written for religious rites, to thank a divine power, to talk about the tragedy and the guilt of human beings and the belief in God.
But this religious music does not stay without a comment. Ernst Reijseger and Mola Sylla adapt the church songs with new sounds, rhythms and texts. Requiem For a Dying Planet is not the anticipated death song for the earth, this music is dedicated to this wonderful planet and the beauty of living which could be heavenly if religions would not exist.

Musiques de Ernst Reijseger pour les films de Werner Herzog

La musique a toujours joué un rôle central dans l’art du réalisateur Werner Herzog.
Cela n’a jamais été un ajout mais toujours une partie intégrante de chacune de ses créations, mais dans ses films les plus récents, Herzog l’utilise pour aller plus loin: “Je veux utiliser l’imagerie et le son d’une manière que vous n’avez jamais expérimentée auparavant.”
Dans cette recherche, Herzog avait pour compagnon et fidèle collaborateur, le violoncelliste néerlandais Ernst Reijseger, qui a composé la musique de tous ses derniers films ces 17 dernières années : The Wild Blue Yonder”, “The White Diamond”, “My Son My Son, What Have You Done”, “Cave of Forgoten Dreams”, “Salt and Fire”, “Family Romance”, “Nomad : In the Footsteps of Bruce Chatwin”, jusqu’au dernier “The Fire Within : A Requiem for Katia and Maurice Kraff”.

Requiem for a Dying Project est un concert qui redonne vie à l’atmosphère magique des films de Werner Herzog. La rencontre entre les auteurs-musiciens et les images à l’écran devient un spectacle multimédia d’images et de sons. L’effet final est une transe hors de l’espace et du temps. La musique réunit les traditions du nord et du sud de manière courageuse et inattendue, mélangeant le jazz d’avant-garde, la musique contemporaine et les racines anciennes du son. Requiem for a Dying Planet est hypnotique dans sa beauté et renversant dans son ampleur.
Ernst Reijseger rencontre Herzog comme un égal sur le terrain créatif, et ensemble ils produisent une super-composition, transcendant l’art de la musique dans un autre domaine.

La musique est interprétée par un ensemble étonnant, dans lequel se mélangent le violoncelle de Ernst Reijseger (compositeur de tout le matériel), la voix du sénégalais Mola Sylla, le piano par Harmen Fraanje et les polyphonies du groupe Tenore et Concordu. d’Orosei, cinq chanteurs traditionnels sardes.
La plupart des parties de cet album ont été influencées par des compositions écrites à l’origine pour des rites religieux, pour remercier une puissance divine, pour parler de la tragédie et de la culpabilité des êtres humains et de la croyance en Dieu.
Mais cette musique religieuse ne reste pas sans commentaire. Ernst Reijseger et Mola Sylla adaptent les chants religieux avec de nouveaux sons, rythmes et textes. Requiem For a Dying Planet n’est pas seulement le chant de mort attendu pour la terre, cette musique est dédiée à cette merveilleuse planète et à la beauté de vivre qui pourrait être paradisiaque si les religions n’existaient pas.


“and a soundtrack featuring a Senegalese singer, five Sardinian voices and a Dutch cellist. Is mesmerizing and beyond categorization.”
David Jenkins, Sunday Telegraph

“The sountrack is destined for greater things.”
Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter

“A work of hypnotic beauty with an original soundtrack of bewitching music by Ernst Reijseger and with the enchanting voice notably of Mola Sylla from Senegal.”
Fabien Lemercier, CineEuropa

“Ernst Reijseger has always been a wanderer between the musical worlds, who feels especially at home with those sounds that our ear doesn’t identify as the usual thing. Somewhere in between contemporary music, ethnic sounds and improvised avant-garde the Dutch cellist works on the outside of the established culture industry.
But exactly there one can find the music for exceptional experiments. Requiem for a dying planet illustrates two films by Werner Herzog. Reijseger has involved with the Senegalese singer Mola Sylla and the Voches de Sardinna co-musicians from past projects. Together with them he has created a soundtrack of meditative urgency and beguiling slowness. Very impressive!”
Jazzthing, Germany, September/October 2006

“The music goes on in voices coming from different places of the world, which complement one another naturally. It interprets religious rites in a new way and soars up […] to unexpected beauty. These are powerful chants and a sensuous proof of how an approach between cultures could become reality – apart from all theories – natural und with the impact of the elementary.”
Jazzpodium, Germany, October 2006

“This music is a sensual and fragile-festive addictive substance of highest emotionality… And the music is an enduring proof how far soundtrack compositions can grow beyond the original meaning.”
Leipziger Volkszeitung, September 9, 2006

“Bringing images to mind of a lonely desert … the record just goes from strength to strength. Just when you thought Reijseger already produced his best work, he delivers his best effort to date. It’s at times like these that words are disposable. Flawless!”
Gazeta, Poland, December 2006

“Requiem for a Dying Planet” Cine-Concert

Liberame Domine, Live in Ravenna Festival

Santus, live in Ravenna Festival

The Wild Blue Yonder (2005) Trailer