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NOSFERATU in St. Ingbert, Germany


Industriekath. Alte Schmelz, St. Ingbert, 8 p.m.

Performed by the Saarländische Staatsorchester under the baton of Stefanos Tsialis.

NOSFERATU is a work that has been quoted and copied many times in cinematic history - nevertheless it is and remains the classic thriller par excellence. Based on themes from Bram Stoker‘s DRACULA novel, Henrik Galeen wrote the script for Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau‘s sombre film drama, telling the story of a nightmarish vampire, Count Orlok, who invades a small town. The sinister character spreads pestilence and death until a young woman sacrifices herself and makes him forget the morning sunrise. Employing a German expressionist cinematographic style, Murnau‘s direction of the film‘s mystery and horror is sublime. The film bathes the protagonist in quavering light reflexes, shows his action in slow motion, blows up his shadow and toys with the element of fears. 

James Bernard wrote soundtracks to numerous thrillers in the 1950s and 1960s and became famous for his creation oft he „Hammer horror sound“. In compliance wtih ist subtitle: „A Symphony of Horror“, he interpreted Munau’s master piece as a classic horror film. 

The text of the choral parts is taken from Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” in its original Latin, especially those passages that relate to plagues, diseases, catastrophes, and death. Although the choral part bears a slight resemblance to Gregorian chant, it is intensified by contemporary harmonics, clusters and driving rhythms which add up to a menacing and sinister picture. Pierre Oser’s composition for mixed choir, percussion and string orchestra offers a rather uncommon interpretation of Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s classic black-and-white horror movie.