In this piano recital the peerless John Lenehan provides piano accompaniment to various film excerpts in this eclectic programme of music.
“Lenehan’s playing is of a special integrity and musicianship”. Gramophone
Nicolai – Overture to “The Merry Wives of Windsor”
with the film Composition in Blue (dir. Fischinger)
Mozart – music from “The Magic Flute”
with the film Papageno (1935) (dir. Reiniger)
Debussy – Reflet dans L’eau
with the film Images pour Debussy (1951) (dir. Renoir)
Schumann – In the Night
with the film In der Nacht (1931) (dir. Ruttman)
Tchaikovsky – Excerpts from “The Nutcracker”
with Russian animated films (various dates/directors)
One Week (1920) – starring Buster Keaton
(excerpt with improvised accompaniment)
Never Weaken (1921) starring Harold Lloyd
with stride piano music from the 1920s.
Featuring some of the best-loved silent movies. It is impossible not to laugh at the antics of Laurel & Hardy selling Christmas trees in the middle of summer. With the superb piano playing of John Lenehan.
One AM (1916)
A display of virtuoso comic acting by Charlie Chaplin who also directed the film. Arriving home in evening dress in the early hours, he manages to maintain the utmost dignity despite enormous odds. (13 mins. Music by Scott Joplin)
Big Business (1929)
Laurel and Hardy are selling Christmas Trees door to door. The snag in this innocent pastime is that it is in California in the height of summer. However they do not give up without a fight.
One Week (1920)
Buster Keaton and Sybil Seely are newlyweds. Among their wedding gifts is a portable house you can easily put together in one week…
Never Weaken (1921)
One of Harold Lloyd’s finest short films. On mistakenly discovering that his fiancée is about to marry another man, Harold decides to end it all. However, fate intervenes and after a series of hilarious mishaps all is well again. (Popular music from the 1920’s).