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A lost art: music in silent film

Mon May 14 2018

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Why did silent films have music? How do orchestras perform to silent films?

We asked Ben Winters (senior lecturer in music at the Open University and expert on music in films) to explain.

In 1925 Richard Strauss’s great comic opera and pop cultural sensation Der Rosenkavalier was made into a silent film, with a specially created score from the composer himself.

Enjoy a screening of the restored silent film, while Geoffrey Paterson conducts the chamber orchestra – just as Strauss himself did at the film’s London premiere in 1926.

May 17, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London

May 18, St George’s Bristol

May 25,Wiener Konzerthaus, Vienna

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