Directed by: C. Chaplin
Writing credits: C.Chaplin
Starring: Charlie Chaplin, Edna Purviance, Sydney Chaplin, Henry Bergman, Albert Austin
Genre: comedy
Country: U.S.
Running time: 45 mins.


Instrumentation List

Shoulder Arms (1918):

Music composed by Charles Chaplin (1959)
Musical associate: Eric James
Restored for live performance by Timothy Brock (2002)
45 minutes

2 Flutes (II dbl. picc.)
Oboe (dbl. e. horn)
2 Clarinets
Bassoon
-
2 Horns
3 Trumpets
2 Trombones
Tuba
-
Percussion (2 players)
Harp
Piano (dbl. Celesta)
-
Strings: 8.6.6.4.2 (min: 6.4.4.2.1)

List of Percussion:
Timpani
Snare drum
Bass drum
Tom-tom
Wood Block
Temple Blocks
Castanets
Slide Whistle
Large cymbal
Suspended cymbal
Choke cymbal
Triangle
Tam-tam
Glockenspiel
Xylophone
Vibraphone

Instrumentation List

Shoulder Arms (1918) for small orchestra (12 players):

Music composed by Charles Chaplin (1959)
Reduced orchestra version by Timothy Brock (2004)
45 minutes

Piccolo (dbl. flute)
Clarinet in B-flat
Bassoon
Trumpet in B-flat
Trombone
Percussion (one player):
tenor snare, bass drum, low tom-tom, choke cymb,
crash cymb, temple blks, wood blk, slide whistle)
Piano
Violin I
Violin II
Viola
Violoncello
Contrabass


Article:

The Chaplin Revue

Written during the composer’s middle period, it stands as a unique work. The Chaplin Revue is his first silent-film score written after his exile from the United States, and Chaplin now had the opportunity to spend more time composing after completing A King In New York in 1957. This was also the first score he wrote with his new musical associate, Eric James, with whom he ultimately had an 18-year collaboration. At age 70, it is from this point onward that Chaplin devoted much of his time to being a composer until his death in 1977...

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