Charlie Chaplin and Italian Cinema Classics

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

This week, David Garland presents a suite of music from Charlie Chaplin's "Modern Times," works by Ennio Morricone, and music composed by Nino Rota for films directed by Federico Fellini. 

Several of these pieces will be featured in the New York Philharmonic's season-opening "The Art of the Score" series, which features movie music performed live with projected film. WQXR will broadcast the opening night concert live on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 pm.

Plus Garland offers highlights from Rachel Portman's score for "Dolphin Tale 2," and Dimitri Tomkin's music for "Rhapsody of Steel."

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Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

CHARLIE CHAPLIN in MODERN TIMES reminds me of GEORGE ANTHEIL's BALLET MECHANIQUE which at its world premiere performance at the main hall of CARNEGIE HALL had 12 pianists playing at grand pianos the early piano version before it was orchestrated and danced to by leading ballet companies. Among the pianists were composers AARON COPLAND and LEONARD BERNSTEIN.
To verify, credentialize its up-to-the-minute relevance to modernity, ANTHEIL had a real airplane propellor motorized and ready to "blow" on cue. When the scored moment came the propellor did its "stuff" and the fierce wind from it scattered the playbills of the audience. An aged orchestra front row member of the audience tied his handkerchief to his cane, stood up and waved it frantically in "I SURRENDER" fashion. The whole audience reacted approval or disapproval tumultuously. The leading worldwide newspapers covered the event with elan, savoring the moment. I sang the tenor lead of MOSCA in GEORGE ANTHEIL's VOLPONE for 30 performances in New York. EDWIN STEFFE was our VOLPONE. My GOLD ARIA that concluded the opera was 11 pages long with a D flat above high C which I sang for 12 seconds. CHARLIE CHAPLIN uses his nose, his hands and his feet to operate the machinery in MODERN TIMES.

Sep. 13 2014 05:34 PM

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