At the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Musikforschung’s annual conference in Osnabrück (25–28 September 2018), the FMJ Project Team presented the latest research findings. The Database of journalistic sources from the silent era (cf. FMJ Archive) deserved special attention.
PI Francesco Finocchiaro presented the FMJ Poster at the Annual Conference of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres, Leipzig, July 22–27, 2017.
Frank Borzage’s 7th Heaven (1927), restored by 20th Century Fox and MoMA, was one of the most exciting events at the Festival “Il Cinema ritrovato” 2018. The Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna performed a new film score written by Timothy Brock.
Francesco Finocchiaro, Seventh Heaven ovvero Il capolavoro ritrovato, “Amadeus”, July 2, 2018
Restored in 2017 by the MoMA of New York, Ernst Lubitsch’s film Rosita has been recently presented at the XXXII edition of “Il Cinema Ritrovato”, in Bologna, in a musical reconstruction edited by Gillian Anderson and performed by the Mitteleuropa Orchestra. The American composer and musicologist reconstructed Rosita‘s score on the basis of a 1923 cue sheet, drawn from the accompanying music by Louis Ferdinand Gottschalk.
Francesco Finocchiaro, Il Cinema ritrovato: Rosita di Ernst Lubitsch recupera le sue musiche, “Amadeus”, June 29, 2018
Interviewing Gillian Anderson and Timothy Brock upon their new silent film scores for Rosita (1923) and 7th Heaven (1927). See the full video on Amadeus Online.
Festival Il cinema ritrovato 2018, June 23 – July 1, 2018, Bologna
At the Musicological Department’s “Semesterfrüchte 2018”, Elena Minetti performed film music pieces drawn from John S. Zamecnik’s Sam Fox Moving Picture Music (1913-14).
At the Open Day of the University of Vienna’s Department of Musicology, Francesco Finocchiaro and Henriette Engelke talked about silent film music, dwelling on music literature for cinematic use, performative practices, and critical reception. The pianist Elena Minetti played rare mood music pieces drawn from the Sam Fox Moving Picture Music (1913-14) by John S. Zamecnik.