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ARMISTICE: MAUDITE SOIT LA GUERRE

London

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Still from Maudite soit la guerre © Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique

The visionary film-maker Alfred Machin’s Maudite soit la guerre is one of the earliest pacifist films, released in 1914 just one month before the outbreak of the First World War. Nearly 100 years later in 2013, Austrian composer Olga Neuwirth was compelled to write a score for the film, fusing traditional silent-film piano accompaniments with brusque strings and creeping electric guitar to bring its spirit to life. Maudite soit la guerre “reminds us how valuable, fragile and finite life is” says Neuwirth. As part of the 2018 Armistice commemorations, come and share in this poignant and startling depiction of war, with Neuwirth’s heart-rending score bringing it firmly into the 21st century.

Olga Neuwirth Maudite soit la guerre (2014)
Live score accompanying the 1914 silent film by Alfred Machin

Gerry Cornelius
conductor
London Sinfonietta

Exquisitely played by the ensemble, Neuwirth’s music fades as though blurred by time and tears " The Times on London Sinfonietta’s performance of Maudite soit la guerre at Aldeburgh Festival 2017
 

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    Venue: (view map)

    Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Southbank Centre
    Belvedere Rd
    Lambeth
    London SE1 8XX

    Box Office No:
    02038799555