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National Symphony Orchestra Film Festival: European Cine-music

Explore the expressive power of European film music with Leonard Slatkin and two acclaimed choral groups.

  • Thu., Jan. 30, 2003, 7:00 PM
  • Concert Hall
  • 1 hr. 56 min.
  • $19.00 - $69.00
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The Choral Arts Society of Washington
Norman Scribner, Music Director
Children's Chorus of Washington
Joan Gregoryk, Music Director

At the movies, one element does more than any other to heighten the suspense, enhance the romance, and ratchet up the thrills: the music. From the earliest days of cinema, filmmakers have turned to composers to help bring their art to life. Now you can hear that music performed as part of the National Symphony Orchestra's festival Soundtracks: Music and Film. This exciting festival will be co-directed by Leonard Slatkin - who, as a child in Hollywood, was mentored by leading composers and performers from cinema's golden age - and preeminent film composer John Williams, whose music has graced such seminal hits as Star Wars, E.T., Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and many more.

Beginning with the first "soundtrack" in movie history—Camille Saint-Saens' dramatic synchronous for the 1908 film L'Assassinat du Duc de Guise (The Death of the Duke of Guise) Leonard Slatkin takes you on a journey through major milestones in European film music. Discover Europe's musical impact upon world cinema as you hear Sir William Walton's sensational 1944 score for Henry V, the first of Sir Laurence Olivier's Shakespearean features...Arthur Honegger's 1948 locomotive-themed divertissement for the experimental film poem Pacific 231 and selections from Dmitri Shostakovich's classic and gripping suite for the 1964 Soviet film version of Hamlet.

AfterWords: Join Leonard Slatkin and Samuel West immediatley following the concert in the Concert Hall for a free discussion about Henry V.

Program and Notes

L'Assassinat du Duc de Guise, Op. 128
Music from the Film, Op. 128
First Scene
Second Scene
Third Scene
Fourth Scene
Fifth Scene
Pacific 231
Mouvement symphonique No. 1
Selections from Hamlet Film Suite, Op. 116
Introduction Ball at the palace
The ghost In the garden
Scene of the poisoning
The arrival and scene of the players
The duel and death of Hamlet
Henry V


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