The Sounds of Early Cinema in Britain

The Sounds of Early Cinema in Britain: Performance, Realisation and Reception
7-8 April 2011
Institute of Musical Research (IMR) and the Barbican Centre, London
Speakers include: Professor Rick Altman (University of Iowa), Gillian Anderson (Silent Film Historian and Conductor), Professor James Buhler (University of Texas, Austin).

This AHRC-funded Beyond Text Research Network conference shares its second day (8th April) with the 14th British Silent Film Festival (7th–10th April, 2011).

Film score reconstruction:
Barbican Cinema,
8 April, 7.30pm
Philip Ellis (Royal Birmingham Ballet) will conduct a reconstruction by Julie Brown (RHUL) of a score by British composer Frederick Laurence for MOROZKO (Father Frost) (dir. Yuri Zhelyabuzhsky, 1924), a rarely seen soviet film based on the Russian fairy tale about a stepdaughter who is driven out to face the spirit of winter. Laurence’s specially-composed score reflects aspects of 1920s musical modernism and has not been heard since it accompanied the film’s London run in 1925.

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