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Music of Today: New Music for Old Movies

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.

Smolka's humorous and playful music to Ghosts before Breakfast is played live to a screening of the Weimar-era film Vormittagspuk, while to open the ensemble performs Smolka's new musical response to Entr'acte before taking on Erik Satie's original soundtrack live with the film.

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: En Tractant (UK premiere); Hats in the Sky - music to Hans Richter's silent film Ghosts before Breakfast (UK premiere)

Dates & times

13 Jun 2019
Approximate run time: 45 mins
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    • Thu 13 June 2019
      • 6:00 pm


Royal Festival Hall



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