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THE KID & A DOG'S LIFE in Dessau, Germany (+ 23.02.)


Anhaltisches Theater Dessau

Performed by Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau under the baton of Elisa Gogol.

Further Performance: 23 February 2019

THE KID was Charlie Chaplin's first full-length movie. It, more than anything else to that date, made Chaplin a living legend. It took over a year to produce and was an incredible success for Chaplin. The opening title reads: 'A comedy with a smile - and perhaps a tear'.

Music: "In the score to THE KID (1971), Chaplin takes us back, musically speaking, to his own youth in the English Music Hall. Broad strokes of light pantomimic music, laced with the indelible Chaplin melodic trademark. The strings are lush, the winds are light and the power of over-sentimentality is kept at bay by a composer who knows his subjects. There is an over all feeling of foggy charm in these late scores that is difficult to pinpoint, but these films are forever poeticized by them. It is true that Chaplin’s music gained a certain amount of Bel Canto in his old age, and at age 82 the melodic integrity of his work became equally more pronounced. THE KID score has a “play ‘til ready” approach that does not so much takes on the action in detail but rather let’s the drama play out at it’s own pace while Chaplin sets the tone and color of the scene. This is much more in line with the approach of stage comedy with music, of which the English are the masters. We can only imagine that Chaplin’s days with Fred Karno were a major influence in his late compositions, as they all embody this distinction of pace and timing." (Timothy Brock)