This was part of an evening of silent avant-garde French films
from the 1920s, for which composers were commissioned to write new scores. I
chose the film "Lumiere et Ombre" ("Light and Shadow") by Alfred Sandy.
is abstract and geometric - spheres, triangles, cubes, etc. My intent in the
score was to imbue these objects with emotion and character, in the hope that
the audience might find something touching about a triangular block sliding
across a plane, as I do.
Film by Alfred Sandy, 1928
Music composed by Carter Burwell
Premiere performance by Parabola, conducted by Carter Burwell
U.S. Premiere March 18, 2002, Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center,
For an explanation of the columns above, click here.
This 4-minute Quicktime video was shot off the projected film
at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The quality is quite bad. The audio, however,
is a studio recording and should be excellent. If anyone knows of a better video
source for this film, please
let me know.