David Sawer: Hollywood Extra

David Sawer Hollywood Extra
Hollywood Extra

David Sawer: Hollywood Extra

Year of composition:
1996
Subtitle:
Music to accompany the silent film 'Life & Death of 9413 – A Hollywood Extra (1928)'
Scored for:
for clarinet, basson, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion, violin and double bass
Composer:
David Sawer
Instrumentation:
cl (+ b cl), bsn, tpt, tb, pno, perc, vl, cb
Instrumentation details:
clarinet (+ b cl), basson, trumpet, trombone, piano, percussion, violin, double bass
Commission:
Commissioned by the Matrix Ensemble
Duration:
15’
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Work introduction

“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 Sawer)

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Première

Location:
London
Date:
22.03.1996
Orchestra:
Matrix Ensemble
Conductor:
Robert Ziegler

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