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)

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

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.

One Week

Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre (London, United Kingdom)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Carl Davis CBE

One Week

Apollo Theatre (Oberlin, OH, USA)

Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Timothy Weiss

One Week

Tobias Theatre, Indianapolis Museum of Art (Indianapolis, IN, USA)

Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Kirk Trevor

One Week

The Reese Center, Ohio State University at Newark/Central Ohio Techical College (Newark, OH, USA)

Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra, Timothy Weiss

One Week

Teatro Gayarre (Pamplona, Spain)

Carl Davis CBE, Orquesta Sinfónica de Navarra