The Mysterious Lady


by Carl Davis

MGM (1928) Director: Fred Niblo
Silent Film
3(II=afl.III=picc).3(III=ca).3(III=Ebcl+bcl).3(III=cbsn) - 4331 - timps - perc(3): 2 susp.cym/SD/BD/tgl/tam-t/t.bells/glsp/cyms/vib/TD/xyl/BD+cym/2 tom-t/sleigh bells/2 military drums/ruthe - pno(=cel) - harp - strings (

Commissioned by Thames Television

First Performance
1988, Hanover

Full score and parts for hire

Programme Notes
Starring: Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel Director: Fred Niblo Production Company: MGM USA, 1928 Duration: 84 minutes Film Print: B&W print available from Photoplay Productions (Film Speed: 24 frames per second) Premiere with Davis's score: 1988, Hannover 69 Players: 3(II=afl.III=picc).3(III=ca).3(II=Ebcl.III=bcl).3(III=cbsn) - 4331 - timp - perc(3) - pno(~cel) - harp - strings (mm Greta Garbo is the femme fatale in this spy romance, set in Vienna just before the First World War. Garbo plays a Russian agent and the mistress of an Austrian spy-master. She tries to save her lover from execution after he is accused of treachery. Carl Davis's superb music evokes the style and spirit of pre-war Vienna, animating Garbo's seductive screen presence.

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