Freshman, The (original version)


by Carl Davis

The Harold Lloyd Corporation (1925) Director: Harold Lloyd
Silent Film
2(picc).1(ca).3(I=ssax+asax.II=asax.III=bcl+tsax).bsn - 2.3.1.btrbn.1 - perc(3) - harp - pno(cel) - gtr(banjo) - strings
First Performance
17.5.2013, Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Carl Davis

Score and parts for hire

Programme Notes
Starring: Harold Lloyd, Jobyna Ralston Director: Harold Lloyd Duration: 75 minutes Film Print: B&W print available from the Harold Lloyd Trust (Film Speed: 24 frames per second) Premiere with Davis’s score: 1998, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands 9 Players: 2 reeds.tpt.trbn.tuba.pno.gtr(=banjo).drums.vln Released in the late summer of 1925, The Freshman became the most popular of all Harold Lloyd's comedies and was one of the star's personal favourites. In it he plays the character of Harold Lamb, an awkward college student who finally wins the popularity he craves, and the girl he loves, by scoring a miraculous winning goal on the football field. The Freshman took more than $2.6 million at the box office - among the highest gross receipts for any film made in the twenties, rivalled only by Chaplin's ‘The Gold Rush’. Carl Davis is currently (2001) revising his jazz-inspired score for the nine instruments indicated.

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