Directed by: Clyde Bruckman, Buster Keaton
Writing credits: Al Boasberg (adaptation), Clyde Bruckman
Starring: Buster Keaton, Marion Mack, Charles Henry Smith, Richard Allen, Glen Cavender.
Genre: comedy
Country: U.S.
Running Time: 76 mins

Instrumentation List

The General (2005):

Piccolo (dbl. fl.II)
Oboe (dbl. c.a.)
Alto Sax I (dbl. cl. I)
Alto Sax II (dbl cl. II)
Tenor Sax (dbl. b-cl.)
Horns I, II
Trumpets I, II, III
Trombones I, II
Tuba (or Sousaphone)
Percussion (4)
Piano (dbl. cel.)
Strings: 12,10,8,6,4


The General - Programme notes for score première - Orchestre National de Lyon/Ciné-concerts. Lyon: December 2005.

Typically Buster Keaton gave no indication as to what he wanted for his films musically. There are three musical cue sheets in existence (film-distributor’s suggestions of musical passages) to two of his features, but The General is not among them. Therefore unlike Chaplin, who was a meticulous composer for his own films, we as musicians are left to our own devices when it comes to Keaton...

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