Courtesy of Syracuse.com:
A new score has been composed for Charlie Chaplinâs 1925 silent film, âThe Gold Rush.â 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 âGold Rush,â Chaplin travels to the Klondike in northwestern Canada in search of gold. It is âcalled a âdramatic comedy,â 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,â Baldi wrote in a press release.
He chose a variety of instruments to represent the filmâs many emotions. A piano/celeste is the âsoul of Chaplinâs princelike tramp, with its understanding heart full of love and courage,â according to the Society for New Music. An electric guitar represents the âunderlying forces which govern our lives, such as greed, determination,â and the bassoon offers âbreath and nature, human needs, such as food and warmth.â