The Blue Bird

This is the cue sheet for our score to The Blue Bird, as commissioned by Brian Shirey and released by Kino Video. The score was compiled by Rodney Sauer. All of the pieces are in the public domain, but the compilation, the modifications to fit the film, and the recorded performances are copyright Mont Alto, ©2005.

We hope that making cue sheets for our silent film scores makes it easy for viewers to discover the names and composers of pieces that catch their attention, or to find pieces by photoplay music composers in whom they are interested.

The Blue Bird is a very surreal film, taking place during a dream-like voyage through a land of childhood fantasy -- including the palace of night, the land of the as-yet-unborn, seeking the blue bird of happiness. Several themes are found throughout, including the Blue Bird (which doubles as the theme for the happiness of home, for obvious reasons), a lullaby, and several other pleasant pieces representing "water" and the "dog." Although most of the scenes are scored with traditional photoplay music, the exploration of the Palace of Night features four night-time horrors, and for these Mont Alto's four featured instruments each get to play an improvised section of their own choosing against a piano ostinato in 5/4 time.

The Blue Bird

1.     George Eastman House titles
The Atonement of Pan: Entr’Acte (Henry Hadley).

2.     “The Blue Bird.”
The Atonement of Pan: Entr’Acte (Henry Hadley).

3.  “One Winter’s Eve,,,”
Pas des Amphores (Cecile Chaminade).

4.     “Close at hand…”
Rest (Gaston Borch).

5.     Cut to family’s house.
Chanson Napolitaine.

6.     Closeup of boy asleep
Berceuse (Iljinsky.)

7.     Girl shakes her brother
Ballet Suite III: Pierrot and Pierrette (Vecsey).

8.     Knock on door.
Rest (Gaston Borch).

9.     “Come! We must start!”
Canzonetta (Nicodé).

10.     Fireplace
Ballet Music from The Demon (Rubinstein).

11.     “The pure spirit of water.”
By the Mill Stream (Wilson Smith).

12.     Dog appears
Humoresque (Finck).

13.     “The soul of sugar….”
Chanson Napolitaine (Boisdeffre).

14.     Cat and fairy
Chant de l’Aloutette (Tschaikowsky).

15.     “The palace of the fairy…”
Ballet Music from The Demon, part II (Rubinstein).

16.          Cat and signpost
The Poet’s Dream (Edward MacDowell).

17.     “Are these your children”
Lamento (Brockton).

18.     Ghosts appear.
Solo cello — improvise to ghosts onscreen.

19.     “The wan sicknesses.”
Solo clarinet — improvise to sicknesses onscreen.

20.     “War”
Solo trumpet — improvise (it’s pretty short).

21.     “The shades and terrors.”
Solo violin — improvise to shades and terrors onscreen.

22.     Boy waves
Intermezzo (Pierné).

23.     “The true blue bird…”
Chant de l’Allouette (Tschaikowsky).

24.     “To the tired…”
Chant de l’Allouette (Tschaikowsky).

25.     Boy looks behind him.
By the Millstream (Wilson Smith).

26.     “Then the search went on…”
Mountain Music: Mountaineer’s Dance.

27.     Sugar surrounded by girls
Creepy Creeps (Gaston Borch).

28.     “This is the palace of Happiness…”
The Atonement of Pan: III, Entr’acte (Henry Hadley).

29.     Woman in throne
Berceuse (Illynski).

30.     Fade to land of unborn children
Andante Amoroso (Otto Langey).

31.     Ship appears.
Cavatina (Bohm).

32.     “The end of the journey.”
Rest (Gaston Borch)

33.     Cut back to children.
Rest. (Gaston Borch)

34.     Dog and cat.
Humoresque (Finck).

35.     Fairy separates dog and cat.
Chant de L’Allouette.

36.     Kids in Bed.

37.   Door opens.
Chanson Napolitaine.

38.    Bird flies away.
Rest (Gaston Borch)


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