Silent Film Music - Music for film - Liveaccompaniment

Silent Films never were screened in silence

The improvising pianist, the violinist, the drummer with the slapstick, the ballroom orchestra as well as the symphonyorchestra in the cinema concerthalls: they all had one challenge: to give to the silent actions on the screen an acoustic equivalent and audible expression.

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G.B. drawn by Richard Williams. 2013

Günter A. Buchwald is one of the rare and most acclaimed specialists in the world devoting his artistic life to film and music.
as soloist on piano (and organ), on violin and viola
in a Duo with Frank Bockius on percussion
in a Duo with Neil Brand, London, piano and one of the "doyens" of silent film accompaniment
with his Silent Movie Music Company - trio, quartet, quintet and international renowned ensemble
as Conductor for film in concert - chamber orchestras, bigbands
as Conductor for film in concert -symphony orchestras
as Composer for silent films for exclusive events and extraordinary instrumentations.

UPCOMING orchestral project: THE LOVES OF PHARAO (Ernst Lubitsch, 1922; music: Eduard Künneke, 1922) Günter Buchwald will be conducting the FREIBURG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA 

2016, april 12th+13th. Stadttheater Freiburg, 19:30


Guenter Buchwald on YouTube about THE CIRCUS (Ch. Chaplin)

Latest news: Günter A. Buchwald is awarded the "ad-hoc-prize" for the best musical accompaniment at the 29th Silent Summer Cinema Festival, Bonn 2013. The award is donated by the BEETHOVEN FEST Bonn.

on YOUTUBE: Charly Sistovaris&Günter A. Buchwald introducing Chaplin`s THE CIRCUS

on YOUTUBE: A conversation with Guenter about the Chaplin score of THE CIRCUS

guenterchaplinsw it must have been in 1962 that I first have seen GOLD RUSH. .. and what it made with me... 







Latest/Newest Review: World premiere of Günter´s score for Murnau´s NOSFERATU:

Yesterday, here in Freiburg, the world premiere of a new score for the silent classic NOSFERATU, the old Murnau thriller, a wonderfull „symphony of horror“ indeed,  a totally ravished public, so melodious as effectfull and rhythmically enthralling the huge authentic  Carpathians images, but also the seafaring with full symphony orchestra in bold revised Wagnerian sound and then also booming fright, anxiety, the horror, ghost of pest with all it´s harrassing possibilities of  dissonances ! All confidantly conducted by the composer Günter A. Buchwald in the Grand Theatre Hall of our  city of music Freiburg. Recently famous conductor Peter Konwitschny made the biggest efforts  with two new operas in Heidelberg – but this evening yesterday: in a league of it´s own , especially the youngsters, they clapped enthusiastically and wild.