7th Heaven at Il Cinema Ritrovato 2018

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

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 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


“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.

FMJ & Music Criticism Network

logo-2-1The FMJ Project adhered to the Music Criticism Network.

The Music Criticism Network, managed by Massimiliano Sala, is a center for the dissemination and interaction of research groups and projects on music criticism. The Network organizes an annual international three-day conference. Furthermore, it provides a vehicle for the dissemination of scholarly works through the Music, Criticism, & Politics series (Brepols Publishers), as well as the Journal of Music Criticism.

Tim Brock’s original score for Steamboat Bill Jr.


Timothy Brock’s original score for the film Steamboat Bill Jr. by Buster Keaton and Charles Reisner (USA, 1928) has been presented at the Festival “Il Cinema Ritrovato” in Bologna, on June 30th. The work is a true masterpiece, one of the most brilliant and fruitful examples of classic silent film rescored.
Brock’s score can be referred to as an inventory of irony in music: a well-studied balance of humor and melancholy that perfectly sums up the spirit of this film and, more in general, the genius of Buster Keaton.

Francesco Finocchiaro, Il genio di Buster Keaton e il fenomeno Timothy Brock, “Amadeus”, July 3, 2017