Speedy

by Carl Davis

Description
Paramount (1928) Director: Ted Wilde
Duration
87
Genres
Silent Film
Instrumentation
0.0.2(I=ssax+asax, II=fl+asax).bcl(=tsax+bsax).1 - 2111 - perc(2): - drum kit -pno(=cel) - banjo(=gtr) - vln.vla.vlc.db
First Performance
(television recording) 1992
Availability

Full score and parts for hire. Hire and grand rights adminstered by Faber Music for all countries.

Programme Notes
Starring: Harold Lloyd, Ann Christy, Babe Ruth Director: Ted Wilde Production Company: Paramount USA, 1928 Duration: 87 minutes Film Print: B&W print available from Photoplay Productions (Film Speed: 24 frames per second) Premiere with Davis's score: 1996, Grand Rapids. USA 18 Players: 0.0.3c1(I=ssax+asax.II=fl+opt ssax+asax.III=bcl+tsax+bsax).bsn - 2111 – 2 perc(I=timp) -drum kit - pno(=cel) - ban)o(=gtr) - vln.vla.vlc.db (an additional trumpet player is recommended) Speedy is one of Harold Lloyd's most stylish Comedies, and his last silent film. He plays a young man Continually distracted by baseball who eventually makes good and saves New York's last horse-drawn trolley (belonging to his girl's grandfather) from electric car tycoons. The film was shot on location and pays tribute to New York with evocative scenes in Coney Island and Yankee Stadium. The legendary baseball star Babe Ruth makes an extended appearance. The restored print includes hitherto unseen material. Carl Davis again draws on the resources of a Twenties jazz band. In the long fight sequence he makes brilliant symphonic use of the Civil War song 'Marching Through Georgia'.

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