Following their sell-out show at LSO St.Luke’s, the Cabinet bring their extraordinary score to Murnau’s Expressionist masterpiece to venues across the UK.
The score uses a range of voices– harp, guitar, viola, clarinet and percussion – to reflect the film’s pioneering expressionism, its fascination with wilderness and Ruinenlust (ruin lust) and its plague fixation, placing it in the years following the Spanish flu pandemic. Glissandos and soaring vocal lines underscore Murnau’s celebrated shots of mountains, rolling waves and billowing fabric, while Spaghetti Western guitar carries Hutter’s carriage on its dream-journey to the “land of the phantoms”. On reaching the castle, the score assumes Orlok’s unearthly shapes and shadows: his verminous hands, the chimes of his skeleton clock, the coffin-like arches and vertiginous staircases.
Nosferatu with live score (Q & A / introductory talk options) is available for booking until the end of 2020.