Posts Tagged Charlie Chaplin
Back from Bali to Brighton after a nicely warm healthy food wealthy nature filled fabulous family vacation. That is how Lonely Planet would describe it in their Encounters series. In one word? GREAT! I got reminded of two things: People are nice & Books have tunes.
Glenn David Gold’s Sunnyside was in my bag as a holiday read. A big book about a range of real and fictional characters, set in Russia, France and America’s Hollywood. An inspiring read that makes you want to know more about Chaplin, lost soldiers, comedy, film history, celebrity dogs… and music. I was completely wrong thinking I could escape the combination of literature & music during my time 0ff.
Around page 400 Gold describes how Charlie Chaplin hauls a complete orchestra on to the set:
There was also a cannon, for Chaplin had decided that, in order to concentrate better on Sunnyside, he would be conducting the 1812 Overture.[audio http://www.2001.net/Booktunes/Blog_Overture%20Solennelle%20%271812%27%20op.49.mp3]
Now it was just the opening measures, based on the heart-rending, quiet hymn ‘God Preserve Thy People.’ Chaplin himself was taking the lead violin, and he had requested that the orchestra not yet join in, except for one cello, there in the third row. […]
Upon the twenty-fifth iteration of the opening measure of the 1812 Overture, Chaplin allowed it to continue, the mood of the tune changing from melancholy to low anxiety and yearning. The horns came in like the edges of a distant storm, the timpani brought in lightninglike strokes of punctuation, and the rest of the set could now continue its work.
After this Booktunes passage a lot of other interesting music plays. War songs, vaudeville, music hall, waltz, old folk songs. I must say I really like the old 20’s stuff. After creating the new Circus Jingle, playing at the opening of the new Circus Family home, being turned down as an electronic music jock at my new local pub The Black Dove, getting bored with both dubstep and the whole 405060swing revival, and having enjoyed C.W. Stoneking‘s sundaynight gig very much I might even know where my DJ career is going. Straight to Hokum!