April 24, 2010
People and Landscapes of Catalonia
Three beautiful silent-era films from Spain featured live musical accompaniments conducted by Gillian Anderson and performed on two pianos by Steinhardt alums Max Midroit and Ju-Ping Song. Composers Sergi Casanelles, Elias Constantopedos, Shruti Kumar, Dosia McKay, Mira Eom, and Inyoung Park, under the direction of Peggy Parsons, Director of the National Gallery's Film Division, were commissioned to create period style scores.
The lively streets, cafés, and neighborhoods of Barcelona provide the setting for many well-known native artists, musicians, writers, and cultural icons of the 1920s. The new musical scores drew inspiration from Catalonia’s composers and reshaped their musical world to create a new synthesis.
In Playa y Costa Brava (1934), city dwellers embark for the tranquil ambience of the beach, and The Electric Hotel (1908) provides a delightful futuristic vision inspired by the renowned "cinémagician" Georges Méliès. The show, noted in the Washington Post and in press throughout Spain, was produced by Ron Sadoff and Gillian Anderson.