Thief of Bagdad, The


by Carl Davis

Douglas Fairbanks Snr. (1924) Director: Raoul Walsh
Silent Film
3.3(III=ca).3(III=Ebcl+bcl).3(III=cbsn) - 4331 - timp- perc(5): finger.cym/tamb/2 glsp/tgl/cyms/SD/handdrum(darabuca)/BD/xyl/TD/susp.cym/sleigh bells/2 tam-t/mcas/mark chimes/whip/bell tree/camel bells/mar/ vibraslap/riv.cym/(guiro)/(castanets) - harp - strings(
Commissioned by Thames Television
First Performance
1984, London

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Programme Notes
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks Snr, Julanne Johnston, Snitz Edwards Director: Raoul Walsh Production Company: Douglas Fairbanks Snr. USA, 1924 Duration: 147 minutes Film Print: colour print available from Photoplay Productions (Film Speed: 19-22 frames per second) Premiere with Davis's score: 1984, London 70 Players: 3(II=picc.III=picc).3(III=ca).3(II=Ebcl.III=bcl).3(III=cbsn) - 4331 - timp -perc(5) - harp - strings (mm (an additional horn and trumpet player are recommended) A landmark of the silent era, The Thief of Bagdad was made at enormous expense. It sparkles with the energy and acrobatics of the swashbuckling Douglas Fairbanks Snr. and the seductive designs of William Cameron Menzies. Ahmed is the thief-turned-deliverer. He embarks on a series of exotic adventures to win the hand of his beloved princess. Magic and the most extraordinary special effects, including a flying carpet, abound in this Arabian fantasy. Carl Davis's exotic and imaginative score is based on Rimsky-Korsakov's Sheherezade, and also some of the Russian master's other, lesser-known works. For the Mongol invasion, he drew on a little-known opera called The Invisible City of Kitezh, although elsewhere the music depicting the Mongols is original Davis.

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