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.

Filmharmonie. Original Music for Cinema

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Filmharmonie. Original Music for Cinema. Edited by Werner R. Heymann. Berlin: Rühle, 1927

In the publishing house Robert Rühle, Berlin, a new film music collection appears under the label “Filmharmonie“. The collection comprises thirty numbers, compositions by Huppertz, Künnecke, Porret, Rust, Becce and others. The publication is edited by Werner Richard Heymann.

Hans Erdmann. Reichsfilmblatt, September 24, 1927.