Formality: Classical Music Video (DVD) is a documentary production showcasing classical composition redefined in terms of modern European and Indian music. Steve Martland sets the stage with a European composition where he employs a stringently defined set of principles to come up with a minimalist composition for a set of 12 musician collabo. On the other hand, Wajahat Khan sets the stage with an Indian composition, on sarod, and the Medici String Quartet. On the whole, ragas provides the rules of composition, and to get the score for those who, unlike conventional performers of Indian classical music, do not play off-head, Western musical notation captures the score.
You will see from this classical music film documentary that for both Martland and Khan, they value structure in classical music composition as the key to artistic freedom.20 minutes.