National Gallery of Art Film Program Special Event: Way Down East
The University of Maryland's Special Collections in Performing Arts holds
the papers of conductor, musicologist, and music librarian Gillian Anderson, and
you can see her lead the National Gallery Orchestra in a live performance to
screening of the film Way Down East (Griffith, 1920)!
Gallery of Art website: "Way Down East — D. W. Griffith’s panorama
of rural American life based on the tale of a poor, seduced orphan (Lillian
Gish) cast out in a storm by Squire Bartlett when he learns of her past —
transformed a creaky nineteenth-century melodrama into a cutting-edge cinematic
experience. The original and compiled musical score by William Frederick Peters
and Louis Silvers is a gratifying combination of early ragtime (for the bad
guys), classic American square dance, love songs, and hymn tunes (the good
guys), themes composed for each character, and pieces from the symphonic
repertory by Wagner and Liszt (for the spectacular ice-floe sequence). (D. W.
Griffith, 1920, 35mm, silent, 145 minutes)"
Gillian Anderson (born 1943)
is an American conductor, musicologist, and music librarian for the Library of
Congress. She served as President of the Sonneck Society for American Music, has
been published in many scholarly journals, and helped co-found the journal Music
and the Moving Image. The Gillian Anderson Papers contain books, published
journals, newsletters, published scores, lyrics and poems, and miscellaneous
for this collection provides more information on how to access these materials.)
or contact the curator for more information!