One Week

(1987)

by Carl Davis

Description
Metro (1920) Directors: Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline
Duration
22
Genres
Silent Film
Instrumentation
1(=picc).1.2.1 - 2. 2.btrbn.0 - timp - perc(3): timp/glsp/xyl/vib/t.bells/tgl/tamb/2 tpl.bl/flexatone/mcas/guiro/swanee whistle/wind machine/slapstick/ratchet/vibraslap/susp.cym/siz.cym/piatti/tam-t/TD/gran cassa/drum kit - pno/synth – strings (6.4.2.2.2)
Commission
Commissioned by Thames Television
First Performance
1987, London
Availability

Full score and parts for hire

Programme Notes
Starring: Buster Keaton Director: Buster l(eaton & Eddie Kline Production Company: Metro USA, 1920 Duration: 22 minutes Film Print: B&W print available from Photoplay Productions (Film Speed: 20 frames per second) Premiere with Davis's score: 1987, London 30 Players: 1(=picc).1.2(II=ssax+asax).1 - 2.2.btrbn.0 - timp(=perc) – perc(2) - pno - synth - strings (6.4.2.2.1) A Buster Keaton classic. Our hero attempts to assemble the elements of his wedding present, a D.I.Y house. His arch-rival has swapped the parts around and the resulting structure is a surrealist wonder. Other spectacular adventures follow in this seven-part film, one for each day of the week. Davis's score is full of stunning effects, suggesting the spinning house and other crazy Keaton stunts.

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