Composer Kelly Rossum
Title Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1920)
Level INT
Genre Jazz Ensemble
Price $50.00
Description "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1920) is music for a silent film composed by Kelly Rossum. Dr. Rossum composed this for a festival at UW-River Falls. There are no individual parts...just a full "score" with music and instructions and film cues. Also available as a PDF. Very interesting music. The youtube links to the demo reel videos are available at:

Live improvised soundtrack to the silent film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (full score only, all musicians read the score during the performance).

In addition to common jazz structures and chord changes, this work employs free improvisation and avant-garde jazz techniques. Here, creative interaction and improvisation are not only present between the musicians, as in traditional free jazz; the performance must also acknowledge the action on-screen. The thematic material provided in the score serves as a launching point for the improvisations. Instrumentation is flexible, but these eight instruments are indicated in the original score: soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, drumset and percussion (concert bass drum, woodblock, police whistle, etc). The original black and white silent film can be found in the public domain. This live soundtrack has been performed at: MacPhail Center for Music (MN), University of Wisconsin-River Falls (WI), Marshall University (WV) and Christopher Newport University (VA).

Program notes: “The silent film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920), directed by John Robertson, is based upon Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novella, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886). The University of Wisconsin at River-Falls commissioned Kelly Rossum in 2009 to compose an original soundtrack to accompany this classic piece of cinema. The score is based upon the four major characters of the film: Dr. Jekyll, Gina, Millicent and Mr. Hyde. Their themes become the basis for musical improvisation, which parallels the characters’ evolution throughout the film, culminating in a dramatic climax.”

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