Music of the Bach Sons Accompanies a 1921 Silent Film

The Cornell University Music Department and Cornell Cinema presents the 1921 silent film of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, with the title role played by then-superstar Asta Neilsen. Organist Dennis James joins us to talk about how he created the score out of music by three of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sons, Carl Phillip Emanuel, Johann Christian, and Wilhelm Friedemann.


Photo credit: Danish Film Institute via Flickr



The Cornell Jewish Studies department presents a Yiddish Theatre Festival

The Cornell Jewish Studies department is presenting its first Yiddish Theatre Festival on September 8th, 9th, and 10th.  The festival includes a silent film from the 1920s, a performance of “Yosl Rakover Speaks to G-d”, a sampler of Yiddish theatre, and a performance of “Waiting for Godot” in Yiddish.  Allen Lewis Rickman gives us an overview of the festival.


Picture courtesy Ronald L. Glassman via Cornell Jewish Studies