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Universal Edition - David Sawer – Hollywood Extra
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|Year of composition:
|| 1996 |
||Music to accompany the silent film 'Life & Death of 9413 – A Hollywood Extra (1928)'|
||for clarinet, basson, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion, violin and double bass|
||cl (+ b cl), bsn, tpt, tb, pno, perc, vl, cb|
||Commissioned by the Matrix Ensemble|
||Queen Elizabeth Hall London / Great Britain|
“This score was written to
accompany the silent film The Life and Death of 9413 – a Hollywood
Extra, made in 1928 by the director
Robert Florey and designer Slavko Vorkapich and considered to be one of the
first American independent films.
The film is a mixture of
live action, graphic set design special effects, and animated cut-outs and is
clearly influenced by German expressionistic cinema. A satire on and critique
of the Hollywood star system, the film is a
tragicomic tale of an actor (with 9413 stamped on his forehead) dreaming of
becoming a movie star only to die of starvation.
I wrote the piece with
constant reference to the film and time-coded the score so that the conductor
can precisely synchronize the music with specific visual cues.” (David
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