Silent film ‘Nosferatu’ to come alive with score by the Andrew Alden Ensemble – OSU

A silent film from the ‘20s will air twice this weekend at the Gateway Film Center, but to write the score, the composer had to watch the horror film about 50 times.

“Nosferatu,” the 1922 silent-era horror film created by F. W. Murnau, will receive a new touch when it is screened at the Gateway Film Center on Friday. The film will be accompanied by live music from the Andrew Alden Ensemble, performing an original score composed by Andrew Alden.

The ensemble is a quartet from Berklee College of Music in Boston, made up of Alden on keyboard, a percussionist, an electric guitarist and a violinist/violist. 

“Nosferatu” is not Alden’s first experience in composing music for a film. Prior to “Nosferatu,” Alden wrote music for “Night of the Living Dead” and “The Phantom of the Opera.” 

“It’s a natural thing for me to combine movies and

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