Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Watch (and listen) as the Dallas Chamber Symphony scores silent Buster Keaton classic
1920 film The Scarecrow gets a 2013 reprise.
The Scarecrow (1920)
On November 19, the Dallas Chamber Symphony unspooled quite the delight at the 1500 Marilla-owned City Performance Hall: Buster Keaton’s 1920 silent gem The Scarecrow, with a newly minted soundtrack composed by Austin-based composer Brian Satterwhite. Our Scott Cantrell was among those who praised the pairing: “Satterwhite’s concoction for Buster Keaton’s The Scarecrow could have passed for a cross between soft-serve French neoclassicism and Aaron Copland in Appalachian Spring mode.” (At least, I think that’s a compliment … Lemme look at Theater Jones … “Brian Satterwhite’s music for Buster Keaton’s The Scarecrow was a charming pastiche of musical styles” … so, yeah, you bet.)
Well, look (and listen), decide for yourself. Satterwhite has posted the double-date to Vimeo for those who couldn’t make it or want to revisit the special occasion or who had no idea it was happening. And so you don’t miss the next round of musical redos, the DCS’s next offering in the series is February 25, when Iron Chef America composer (seriously) Craig Marks scores Keaton’s immortal Sherlock Jr.