“The synchronization and harmony of the images, voices, and music reach a rare perfection.  The modern rock score gives the film and the well-known story of Victor Hugo’s a new strength.” – Le Dauphin Libere

 

Rock for Hugo

Le Dauphin Libere

After the performance last year at the opera house of Kevin Saunders Hayes’ version of “Metropolis” by Fritz Lang, the experience was successfully repeated for this edition of the Avignon Film Festival. The premiere of Kevin Saunders Hayes’ original composition for orchestra and chorus for the film “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” was given a standing ovation Monday night.

The masterpiece of silent cinema, directed in 1923 in the US by William Worsely, with Lon Chaney and Patsy Ruth Miller, is wonderfully accompanied by this musical work. The synchronization and harmony of the images, voices, and music reach a rare perfection. Every violent scene is represented musically, and the sweeter moments are also illustrated by many varied themes. The modern rock score gives the film and the well-known story of Victor Hugo’s a new strength. The power and violence of the music accentuate the ideas of the writer who defends the oppressed and denounces the misery of the poor and the injustices of society. The rock score echoes the themes of suffering and revolution. The brilliant orchestration and the songs correspond to these themes. The voices of John Hendricks for Quasimodo and Victoria Levy for Esmeralda bring their lyrical quality to the main characters of the film. This rock-opera, composed and conducted in a masterly manner by Kevin Saunders Hayes, received a very warm welcome by the public.

The evening was also the occasion of a generous gesture. Part of the money made, specifically from tickets sold by the Lions Club City of the Popes, was given to a charity for autistic children. The president of the Lions Club gave the association “La Bourguette” a check for 45,000 francs. The director of the Avignon Film Festival, Jerry Rudes, and the special guest of this 18th annual event, Jacqueline Bisset, were also present.

The evening ended with the preceding creation of Kevin Saunders Hayes for “Metropolis.” Today the festival continues with film projections and meetings at the Vox and with the award ceremony at 5:00 pm at the Hotel de Ville of Avignon.

(ABOVE PHOTO) Avignon. With his musical creation for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” Kevin Saunders Hayes energetically delivers the generous ideas of the writer.