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CLOSER: The New Babylon (Film Screening)

  • CLOSER: The New Babylon (Film Screening)
  • CLOSER: The New Babylon (Film Screening)
  • CLOSER: The New Babylon (Film Screening)

Dmitri Shostakovich: The New Babylon


City of London Sinfonia
Hugh Brunt conductor


Village Underground
54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch
London, EC2A 3PQ

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Dates: 23rd October 2013 at 19.30

CLoSer visits the movies with a live showing of the 1929 silent movie, The New Babylon, with the Orchestra performing Russian composer, Dimitri Shostakovich's original film score.

The film, set in the 1871 Paris Commune, tells the tale of the encounter and tragic fate of two lovers separated by the Commune barricades. Exploring the violence, revolution and class-conflict of the time, Shostakovich wrote this, his one and only silent film score, for a small screening in Moscow. Written before Stalin and his censors deemed jazz a ‘degenerate' music, it is filled with jazz and cabaret inspired music and shows Shostakovich at his most wild and satirical.


Part of our Hot Tunes, Cold War series

Music courtesy of Sikorski Musikverlage

Generously supported by Arts Council England, M&G Investments & The Radcliffe Trust.  


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