by Composers Institute executive director Randall Davidson
It is almost impossible for me to say what his legacy will be. His accomplishments, vision, generosity, and energetic contributions to dozens (and dozens) of arts organization, businesses, governments, and community organizations is too broad to calculate at this early date. He continues to make big things happen with ease. Nothing seems to stop him. I would encourage you to Google his name and set aside an hour or two to catch up on your internet reading.
Philip (aka PB) will participate in a colloquia on improvising music to visual media. We are not yet sure which of these two silent films he will accompany on piano. He will recount just some of the films he has accompanied and what compositional approaches he has used to improvise scores. For example, he has used a list of scenes when he stepped in as the last-minute stand-in for an accompanist who fell ill to accompany Abel Gance's epic six-hour silent film, Napoleon.
The two films:
Georges Méliês Trip to the Moon (1902) is among the most-renowned films by French actor, illusionist and the world's first film director, Georges Mélîes. Trip to the Moon took inspiration from Jules Verne's From the Earth to the Moon among many more. It continues to astonish and entertain audiences to this day. Philip can choose to accompany the entire film.
The other silent film is featuring the great actor Charlie Chaplin in Easy Street (1917).
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