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Compositions for Silent Film

Concert Pieces Developed from Silent Film Improvisations

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Piano

Junior Fisticuffs (for The Man from Kangaroo-1919) (2019) 2’10”
A Slinky Foxtrot (for an imaginary silent film) Composed for Piers Lane (2019) 4’00”
Hieronymous Sprocket’s Bicycle Race (for Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Junior-1924) (2019) 2’15”
Professor Pollard’s Super Racing Car (for Snub Pollard’s It’s a Gift-1926) (2019) 1’30”
Cops (chase music for Buster Keaton’s Cops -1922) (2019) 2’17”
Walking With My Horse (for Buster Keaton’s Cops -1922) (2019) 4’00”
Taking the Air (for Buster Keaton’s The Navigator - 1925) (2019) 5’00”
Mr and Mrs Moose (for Mighty Like a Moose - Charley Chase - 1926) (2019) 2’45”
My Wife’s Relations (for Buster Keaton’s My Wife’s Relations - 1923) (2019) 2’35”
The Seven Chances (for Buster Keaton’s The Seven Chances - 1925) (2019) 2’50”
Tarantella  (for The Man from Kangaroo - 1919) (2019) 2’20”
Barcarolle (for the boating scene in King Vidor’s Bardelys the Magnificent - 1926) (2019) 1’50”
Doreen’s Ma (for The Sentimental Bloke - 1918) (2019) 3’20”
Doreen Strolls to Work (for The Sentimental Bloke - 1918) (2019) 2’10”
Alice’s Lament (for Hitchcock’s Blackmail - 1927) (2020) 5’40”

Xylophone or Marimba and Piano​​​​​

Junior Fisticuffs (for The Man from Kangaroo - 1919) (2020) 2’10”
A Slinky Foxtrot (for an imaginary silent film) (2020) 4’.00”
Hieronymous Sprocket’s Bicycle Race (for Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Junior - 1924) (2020) 2’15”
Professor Pollard’s Super Racing Car (for Snub Pollard’s It’s A Gift - 1926) (2020) 1’30”
Cops (chase music for Buster Keaton’s Cops - 1922) (2020) 2’17”
Walking With My Horse (for Buster Keaton’s Cops - 1922) (2020) 4’00”
Taking the Air (for Buster Keaton’s The Navigator - 1925) (2019) 5’00”
Mr and Mrs Moose (for Mighty Like a Moose - Charley Chase - 1926) (2019) 2’45”
My Wife’s Relations (for Buster Keaton’s My Wife’s Relations-1923) (2020) 2’35”
Doreen Strolls to Work (for The Sentimental Bloke - 1918) (2020) 2’10”
The Great Escape - in a wheelbarrow (for Dirty Dan II - 2004) (2020) 4’.50”

In development

  • A Slinky Foxtrot for Piano Trio ( Music for an imaginary silent film) (2020)

  • Complete soundtrack for Buster Keaton’s The General (c 70 minutes) (2020)

  • Complete soundtrack for Buster Keaton’s Sherlock Junior(c 45 minutes) (2020)

  • New work for Cello and Piano (c 7 minutes) (2020)

 

Improvisations with Silent Film 2007-2019

 

2019 Serenata Series

  • March 30th Buster Keaton: The Navigator, Cops,One Week

  • June 29th Alfred Hitchcock: Blackmail, Leo McCarey Mighty Like a Moose

 

2016

  • FRFS, February 2016- Buster Keaton Festival

  • Buster Keaton: The General, Sherlock Junior, The Playhouse

  • Woodend Winter Arts Festival, June 2016  

  • Buster Keaton: The General, Cops, Sherlock Junior

 

2015

  • Thirteenth Annual Kangaroo Valley Buster Keaton Festival

  • Buster Keaton:The Navigator

 

2014

  • Twelfth Annual Kangaroo Valley Buster Keaton Festival:

  • Laurel and Hardy: Liberty, Buster Keaton: Cops,  Peter Wesley-Smith:Our Shirl

2013

  • School of Music Platform Festival-September 2013 

  • Buster Keaton: Sherlock Junior

  • Eleventh Annual Kangaroo Valley Buster Keaton Festival

  • Buster Keaton: The Playhouse,Snub Pollard: It’s A Gift, Peter Wesley-Smith:Albert’s Air

 

2012  

  • Fermata- Music Research Lecture Series- Silent Film Accompaniment: Is It the Singer or the Song?Performance -  Buster Keaton:The General

  • Tenth Annual Kangaroo Valley Buster Keaton Festival

  • The Man From Kangaroo(1919), The General(1925)

 

2011

  • Klassik Musik Fest, Oberneukirchen – Austria, July 13th

  • Buster Keaton: Neighbours, Sherlock Junior

  • Ninth Annual Kangaroo Valley Buster Keaton Festival, October 1st

  • Buster Keaton: Sherlock Junior, Ken Longford:The Sentimental Bloke

 

2010

Australian Silent Film Festival, Sept 24th-26th 

  • King Vidor: Bardelys the Magnificent, Buster Keaton:Neighbours, The Playhouse, My Wife’s Relations,

  • Snub Pollard: It’s a Gift

Eighth Annual Kangaroo Valley Buster Keaton Festival, August 7th

  • Buster Keaton: The Three Ages, The Haunted House

 

2009

Australian Silent Film Festival, October 17th

  • Charles Tait: The Kelly Gang, Ken Longford: The Sentimental Bloke, Buster Keaton: The General

  • Kangaloon Silent Film Festival, August 14th

  • Buster Keaton: The Electric House, The Blacksmith, The General

  • Seventh Annual Kangaroo Valley Buster Keaton Festival, August 15th

  • Buster Keaton: The Navigator, Neighbours, The Electric House

 

2008

Sixth Annual Kangaroo Valley Buster Keaton Festival, August 30th

  • Buster Keaton: My Wife’s Relations, The Paleface, The Seven Chances

 

2007

Australian Silent Film Festival, September 9th-10th

  • Buster Keaton: The Goat, Steamboat Bill Junior, Alfred Hitchcock: Blackmail

  • FC Music Society, Auckland, June 8th: 

  • Buster Keaton: The Haunted House; The Playhouse; The General

Fifth Annual Kangaroo Valley Buster Keaton Festival, October 27th

  • Buster Keaton: Steamboat Bill Junior; The Goat, Martin and Peter Wesley Smith: Dirty Dan I, II & III