Wind, The

(1983)

by Carl Davis

Description
MGM (1928) Director: Victor Seastrom
Duration
80
Genres
Silent Film
Instrumentation
0000 - 0000 - timp - perc(5): 2 BD/5 susp.cym/cyms/ch.cym/tom-t/tgl/4 tam-t/tamb/rototom/2 mcas/xyl/siz.cym/wind machine/SD/sand blocks - pno(2):(= harmonium or small organ+cel) - cimbalom - strings (6.6.6.6.4)
Commission
Commissioned by Thames Television
First Performance
1983, London
Availability

Full score and parts for hire

Programme Notes
Starring: Lillian Gish, Lars Hanson, Montagu Love Director: Victor Seastrom Production Company: MGM USA. 1928 Duration: 80 minutes Film Print: B&W print available from Photoplay Productions (Film Speed: 18-22 minutes per second) Premiere with Davis's score: 1983, London 37 Players: 0000 - 0000 - timp - perc(5) - pno duet (I=cel,II=harmonium) - cimbalom - strings (6.6.6.6.4) In one of her most powerful roles, Lillian Gish plays a sheltered Virginian girl who goes to live in the hostile and windy environment of the Texan prairies. The wind becomes one of the film's main protagonists. After she has killed the man who has raped her, the wind drives her mad by uncovering the body she has buried in the sand. The windswept setting is marvellously evoked by Carl Davis, not only with apt orchestral effects, but by an eerie and ominous Red Indian beat that builds to the terrifying climax of the storm.

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