Sound Affairs 4

Fall of the House of Usher - square (title and image)

silent film and live music

The Fall of the House of Usher (France, 1928) was Jean Epstein’s first film with his own production group and probably his best-known work. With Luis Buñuel as assistant director, Epstein fashioned a film in which the editing and rhythm imposed by the slow motion, super-impositions, travelling shots and a mobile camera contribute to the film’s unity. The quality of the photography evokes comparison with the greatest masterpieces of the German cinema.

As part of the research for a new score, Charlie turned to the music sketches that Debussy had written for his uncompleted opera La Chute de la maison Usher. Some of Debussy’s  sketches provided a starting point for Charlie’s new contemporary score.

There are three versions of the score:

Version 1: for Soprano Sax and String Quartet

Version 2: for Wind Orchestra

Version 3: for Chamber Orchestra (16 musicians)

Contact for bookings: info@soundaffairs.co.uk




Arts Desk (Stephen Walsh)

Wales Arts Review (Steph Power)



Version 1: for Soprano Sax and String Quartet

26.01.02 CARDIFF Chapter
01.02.02 HARLECH Theatre= Ardudwy
02.02.02 FISHGUARD Theatr Gwaun
05.02.02 LAMPETER University
06.02.02 ABERGAVENNY Drama Centre
16.11.19 BRASOV Romania, Vibrate Festival

Version 2: for Wind Orchestra

13.04.12 CARMARTHEN Lyric Theatre
14.04.12 NEWPORT The Riverfront
15.04.12 NEATH Gwyn Hall

Version 3 for Chamber Orchestra (16 musicians)

22.10.14 NOTTINGHAM Lakeside Arts Centre
23.10.14 CARDIFF Wales Millennium Centre
24.10 14 ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre
28.10.14 MALVERN Theatres
30.10.14 MANCHESTER Royal Northern College of Music
31.10.14 BRECON Theatr Brycheiniog
03.11.14 LIVERPOOL Capstone Theatre, Hope University
04.11.14 CAERNARFON Galeri



This project has been financially supported by:

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ACE award_lottery_logo_08 v2     Foyle Foundation (dark greyscale)

The Ashley Family Foundation
The Hinrichsen Foundation
Gibbs Charitable Trust
Margaret Davies Charity