Timothy Brock

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari CD

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Original Title: Das Kabinett des Doktor Caligari
Directed by: Robert Wiene
Writing credits: Hans Janowitz, Carl Mayer
Starring: Conrad Veidt, Freidrich Feher, Lil Dagover, Werner Krauss.
Genre: drama
Country: Germany
Running Time: 72 mins

Instrumentation List
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1996):

String sextet: 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 violoncellos
or String orchestra

Review - The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1996):
Timothy Brock Musik zu "Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari"
Bravura String Quartet, P. Kessel (Viola), S. Cifka (Cello)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari - Original Score for Kino Video

I didn't know anything about the original German score. All I know is that German copyrights are essentially impossible to untangle, so I didn't try. I commissioned a new score from Timothy Brock, and I thought he did a wonderful job. We have two versions of it. It was originally going to be done for 28-piece string orchestra. Then, largely because of time constraints -- we had an announced deadline that was getting close -- we reworked it, because Tim couldn't find that many good string players in Seattle that he wanted to work with. We worked it down to a string sextet, although we have the scores and parts now for both versions, and we are going to start presenting it as a concert attraction and use whatever score the venue wants to play. If they can find 28 good string players, well, God be with them. So we recorded the score and the music was new. It was an artistic choice, one I think we were very fortunate on.

- David Shepard interviewed by Paula Vitaris