(Griffith, 1920) Composed and compiled by William Frederick Peters and Louis Silvers.
This melodrama was old-fashioned when it was released in 1920, but then as now it captures a nostalgic picture of America’s rural past. Anna, the country girl, compellingly portrayed by Lillian Gish, is seduced, made pregnant and then betrayed by a slimeball villain, who eventually is found out and pays for his dastardly deeds but not before Anna must endure a blizzard and be rescued by the hero who snatches her from an ice floe just before it goes over a waterfall. The music contains a lot of classic American tunes, wonderful ragtime arrangements, American country dances, as well as excerpts from traditional classical symphonic repertory.
|11 players (2 violins, cello, bass, clute/piccolo, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, percussion/tympani, piano, synthesizer)|
|32 players (strings: 5,5,3,3,2; flute/piccolo, oboe, 2 clarinet, basson, 2 trumpets, 2 French horns, trombone, harp, piano, percussion, tympani) and four singers SATB|
|Rehearsals||Two 2 ½ hour rehearsals
One 3 hour 10 minute tech rehearsal
One 3 hour 10 minute dress rehearsal
|Performance time||2 ½ hours with an additional 15 minute intermission|
|Film speed||20 frames per second|
|Film source||Museum of Modern Art, NY|