Silent Film and Orchestra. The Ancient Law
Silent film The Ancient Law accompanied by the symphony orchestra, composer PHILIPPE SCHOELLER
Tonight the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall will host a unique project. The sophisticated concert stage will transform into a cinema showing German film director Ewald André Dupont’s silent film The Ancient Law (Das alte Gesetz, 1923) accompanied by Orchester Jakobsplatz München led by Daniel Grossmann. The new music for the black and white drama was written by French composer Philippe Schoeller (b. 1957). He belongs to a community of European composers writing contemporary music for silent films. His music communicates with an image, plays an equivalent role to that of a film from which it draws particular impulses, overtakes a narrative. It does not attempt to forestall the events in the film, but delicately observes the film’s artistic composition, mastering and camerawork. For The Ancient Law the composer wrote a composition for 12 players. The music is uncomplicated and precise as are the film characters. It follows the camera projecting climaxes of the plot underway.
This evening of film and music is an extraordinary gift to the Lithuanian audience because the film was restored just few months ago (Deutsche Kinemathek) and its world premiere featuring Schoeller’s music composed for this occasion was included into the Berlinale Classics program (February 16,2018) of the prestigious 68th Berlin International Film Festival.