Classical music
Chamber & Recital

Music of Today: New Music for Old Movies

Part of Contemporary Edit

See live screenings of two silent-era films accompanied by new scores by Czech composer Martin Smolka.

Ahead of the Philharmonia's performance of Gottfried Huppertz's Metropolis at 7.30pm, Music of Today presents two surrealist silent films from the 1920s.

Ghost and Entr'acte are shown with music by Smolka that is humorous and playful, often asking orchestral instruments to play in unfamiliar ways.

For Smolka, these new works fulfil a 'supporting function that underlines the avant-garde richness of the films.'


Players from the Philharmonia Orchestra
Titus Engel conductor


Martin Smolka: Hats in the Sky - music to Hans Richter's silent film Ghost before Breakfast (UK premiere); En Tractant - music to René Clair's silent film Entr'acte (UK premiere)

Dates & times

13 Jun 2019
Approximate run time: 45 mins
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Royal Festival Hall