Old Heidelberg


by Carl Davis

MGM (1927) Director: Ernst Lubitsch
Silent Film
2(=picc).2(=ca).2(II=Ebcl+bcl).2(II=cbsn) - 4300 -timp - perc(2): BD/BD+cym (with foot ped)/TD/2 SD/cyms/susp.cym/tam-t/gong/2 tgl/tamb/sleigh bells/glsp/t.bells - harp - strings (

Commissioned by Thames Television

First Performance
(video recording) 1984

Full score and parts for hire

Programme Notes
Starring: Ramon Novarro, Norma Shearer Director: Ernst Lubitsch Production Company: MGM USA, 1927 Duration: 105 minutes Film Print: print including two original tinted sequences available from Photoplay Productions (Film Speed: 20-24 frames per second) Recorded for Video Premiere with Davis's score: 1997, Luxembourg 43 Players: 2(=picc).2(=ca).3(II=Ebcl+bcl).2(II=cbsn) - 4300 - timp - perc(3) - harp - strings (mm Based on Romberg's Broadway-smash operetta The Student Prince, the film is set in a storybook German principality at the turn of the century. A crown prince leaves the formalities of the court for university in Heidelberg, where he discovers the joys of ordinary life and falls in love with the innkeeper's daughter. After the death of his uncle, the l(ing, he is recalled from Heidelberg to be crowned; but when he eventually returns to the university, he finds that now he is an outsider. This bittersweet romantic masterpiece is a perfect example of what became known as 'the Lubitsch touch'. Carl Davis's lush romantic orchestral textures, interspersed with German folk and student drinking songs to accompany the boisterous scenes of university life, perfectly complement the spirit of this poignant romance.

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