The sound of the Empire

Around Abel Gance's Napoleon: an itinerary taking in cinema and music

Lecture in Italian

Famous composers, such as Arthur Honegger, wrote music for Gance’s silent film Napoleon, but few theatres in 1927 had resident orchestras; usually a pianist would provide accompaniment with pieces chosen from compilations such as the Allgemeines Handbuch der Film-Musik by Hans Erdmann, Giuseppe Becce and Ludwig Brav, or Motion Picture Moods by Ernö Rapée. To sequences from Napoleon, Gabriele Dal Santo will perform a selection of music from those repertoires chosen by Marco Bellano, who will take a closer look both at the film and at music used to accompany silent films.


Tue 26 October 2021
Palazzetto Bru Zane, Venice


Marco Bellano speaker
accompanied on the piano by Gabriele Dal Santo
free admission | reservation required
+39 041 30 37 615