Zorada Temmingh

Sun 7 July 2019

Performing improvised accompaniment to the 1923 silent film of The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Zorada Temmingh, organ

Zorada Temmingh, one of South Africa’s foremost organists, provides her innovative soundtrack improvisation to a showing of the 1923 silent film of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a jewel of the silent movie era. Zorada creates an original leitmotiv for each character, developing and intertwining the themes as the characters appear in different situations – in a sense the music becomes a commentator of the film. The ranges of tone, colour, pitch and volume of the organ is stretched to its limits to portray the gripping emotion in the film.

 

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