Conductor and composer Timothy Brock specializes in early 20th-century concert works and live performances of silent film. As a silent-film score conductor and preservationist, his leading work includes the restoration of Shostakovich’s only silent-film score, to New Babylon (1929); Satie’s dadaist score to Entr’acte (1924); and Antheil’s music for Ballet mécanique (1924). Since 1999 Mr. Brock has served as score preservationist for the Charles Chaplin family; to this day he is the foremost authority on the music of the actor/filmmaker, having made 12 live-performance revised and critical editions of all Chaplin’s major films, including City Lights, Modern Times, The Gold Rush, The Kid, and The Circus. At age 23 Mr. Brock began composing new scores for silent film with G.W. Pabst’s Pandora’s Box (1929), and has since written almost 30 orchestral scores for notable orchestras and institutions including the Orchestre National de Lyon, Cinémathèque Française, Wiener Konzerthaus, Cineteca di Bologna, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Teatro de la Zarzuela de Madrid, and the Cité de la Musique de Paris. The Chaplin family has commissioned Mr. Brock to write an original score to celebrate the centennial of Kid Auto Races at Venice (1914), the very first appearance of the “Gentleman Tramp” (often called The Little Tramp). In 2016 Mr. Brock will conduct the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra in the World Premiere of his long-awaited new score for Fritz Lang’s science-fiction epic Frau im Mond (1929), commissioned by the Wiener Konzerthaus. His concert works include three symphonies, three concertos, a cantata, two operas, and orchestral pieces. Timothy Brock is a regular guest of major orchestras worldwide, including the BBC, BBC Scottish, and Chicago symphony orchestras, Orchestre National de Lyon, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Orchestra della Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, and Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Brock has created a concert series of programs of Entartete Musik (“degenerate music,” by composers banned by the Third Reich), including works by Schulhoff, Schreker, Zemlinsky, Krása, Klein, and Haas. Mr. Brock gave the North American Premieres of Eisler’s Kleine Sinfonie, Niemandslied, and Kuhle Wampe; Schulhoff’s Symphony No. 2; and one of the first performances of Ullmann’s opera Der Kaiser von Atlantis, written from within the Terezin ghetto in 1944. Mr. Brock had also included his own string orchestral transcriptions of the string quartets of Haas.
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