Rosita or The found music

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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

Silent Film Music in the Mirror of Criticism

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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.

Eine laute Revolution

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“Greta spricht!” – In den 1930er Jahren revolutionierte der Tonfilm das Kino. Doch was bedeutete dieser Umbruch für die Filmmusik? Musikwissenschafter Francesco Finocchiaro sucht im journalistischen Diskurs der Stummfilm-Ära nach Antworten und macht seine Funde digital zugänglich.

Hanna Möller’s article on the FMJ Proejct is now available on Uni:View Magazin.