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 has 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

Potemkin at Il Cinema Ritrovato


On the centenary of the October Revolution, the Festival “Il Cinema Ritrovato” (Bologna, June 24 – July 2, 2017) dedicated a special focus to the director of the Revolution par excellence, the great Russian filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, and his celebrated masterpiece, Bronenosets Potemkin (Battleship Potemkin, 1925).

Francesco Finocchiaro, Un Potëmkin in chiaroscuro al Festival del Cinema Ritrovato di Bologna, “Amadeus”, July 1, 2017