Music theme for THE WHITE SISTER

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Music theme for THE WHITE SISTER

Unread post by radiotelefonia » Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:17 pm

When the Lillian Gish film THE WHITE SISTER was released in Argentina two musical themes were written adopting the film's name in its Spanish translation: LA MONJITA.

The film was released in either 1924 or 1925, since there was no MGM distribution branch in Argentina yet although after it opened in 1927, they would reissue it.

One the melodies written for this film was a foxtrot by Dionisio Lofredo, dedicated to Lillian Gish herself. It survived in clandestine editions (without a cover), but I don't have it anymore because it was not a memorable melody.

The other one is a tango by Nicolás Di Masi, which was recorded by the "Orquesta Típica Victor" (an successful ensemble from the recording label, which lasted for 20 years... and never performed in front of an audience!); a recording that I have.

Here is a bandoneon solo performance of LA MONJITA. However, after listening to the Victor recording, this tango seems to be altogether a different one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xid3GPawxHQ

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