Battle of the Ancre, The


  • Laura Rossi
silent film score
Silent Film
1111 - 0000 - timp/perc (1) - pno - strings (min 22221 but can be much larger)
First Performance
2012, BFI London Film Festival, Imperial War Museum, London, UK: Ealing Symphony Orchestra/John Gibbons

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Programme Notes
The Battle of the Ancre (the sister film to The Battle of the Somme) was filmed between September and November 1916 and contains the first shots of tanks in use at the Front – a sequence that elicited “oohs” and “ahhs” from the opening-night spectators, many of whom had never seen a tank in action before. In between battle sequences, audiences were shown the human side of war as the British “Tommies” queued up to receive their mail and consume their food rations and fraternization between German prisoners and their British captors. Box off ice takings were even higher in the first three months of release than for its predecessor The Battle of the Somme, due to footage of the previously unknown tanks. Composer Laura Rossi’s new score for chamber orchestra is in 5 movements, which accompanies the five parts of the film. The music depicts the varied emotions conveyed throughout, reflecting the more poignant moments as well as echoing brighter scenes of the high-spirited soldiers.The film was screened at the Imperial War Museum with the premiere of Laura’s score performed by the Ealing Symphony Orchestra and conducted by John Gibbons.

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