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New score composed for Chaplin’s The Gold Rush

Courtesy of Syracuse.com:

 A new score has been composed for Charlie Chaplin’s 1925 silent film,  â€œThe Gold Rush.”  It will have its premiere at 7 p.m. Friday at the Palace Theatre as part of the  Syracuse International Film Festival.

Le Moyne College commissioned Italian composer Gian-Luca Baldi for the piece.

In “Gold Rush,” Chaplin travels to the Klondike in northwestern Canada in search of gold. It is “called a ‘dramatic comedy,’ but Chaplin is funny in a peculiar way. His irony is subtle, and part of a complex polyphony of meanings and emotions, which is the most challenging mixture for a musician,” Baldi wrote in a press release.

He chose a variety of instruments to represent the film’s many emotions. A piano/celeste is the “soul of Chaplin’s princelike tramp, with its understanding heart full of love and courage,” according to the Society for New Music. An electric guitar represents the “underlying forces which govern our lives, such as greed, determination,” and the bassoon offers “breath and nature, human needs, such as food and warmth.”

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