In Largehearted Boy’s Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Jürgen’s playlist for Kino opens with Gottfried Huppertz:
“Auftakt: Metropolis Thema” – Gottfried Huppertz
My novel Kino is about a silent film director, but “silent film” is a bit of a misnomer. The best of these early movies were full-on audiovisual experiences with a dedicated score that gave the images emotional depth. So we’ll start this mix with Gottfried Huppertz’s opening theme for Fritz Lang’s Metropolis. Huppertz, who also scored Die Nibelungen, often showed up on Lang’s sets during shooting — the score was created along with the film rather than being added as an afterthought. If you ever have a chance to catch a live performance, do not hesitate.