Music and Cinema
Charlie Chaplin “The Gold Rush”
(1925)

Orchestra Giovanile Luigi Cherubini
conductor Timothy Brock

original music by Charlie Chaplin
reconstructed by Timothy Brock
in collaboration with Cineteca di Bologna


Even playing by ear and without a notion of composing, Chaplin’s genius found expression in music, too: he personally selected and wrote the music for most of his works, including the live soundtrack for his silent films. His first full-length score was City Lights (1931), but, six years before, he had already written a fundamental track for his Gold Rush masterpiece, which typically turned tragic matter into comedy. Composer Timothy Brock, the restorer of Chaplin’s music scores, has skilfully reconstructed the original version using the director’s own unreleased piano recordings. This version for symphony orchestra, conducted by Brock himself, sets off the score’s minutest details.