The General in Concert

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Symphonic Cinema (Film with Live Orchestra)

New amazing 2K restoration of the original 1926 film!

Newly composed score by Emmy-winning composer

Jeff Beal (Netflix®’s House of Cards)

From Academy Honorary Award®-winning director Buster Keaton, revisit the film that writer, actor and director extraordinaire Orson Welles called “the greatest comedy ever made, the greatest Civil War film ever made, and perhaps the greatest film ever made.” Experience The General in a film with live orchestra concert, with a new original film score by multi-Emmy Award-winning composer, Jeff Beal.

First released as a silent comedy in 1926, The General follows young Johnny Gray (Buster Keaton) who, rejected by the Confederate army and taken for a coward by his fiancée Annabelle Lee (Marion Mack), is given a chance to redeem himself when Yankee spies steal his cherished locomotive. Johnny wages a one-man war against hijackers, an errant cannon and the unpredictable hand of fate, all while roaring along the iron rails.

Beal’s original music is available for full orchestra (2002) and for chamber orchestra (2017), with the instrumentation for each listed below. The General in Concert comes with the film, complete score and parts, and a preview film programmed with punches and streamers for the conductor to view on monitors. Jeff Beal, as the conductor, can be engaged separately. Technical Rider is available upon request.

The restored 2K version of the film is under license from Kino Lorber. The music for this production is published by St. Rose Music and administered by AMP, part of the Music Sales Group.

All Event Photography images used with permission of the Manhattan School of Music and photographer Anna Yatskevich.


LOGISTICS (both versions scored to the same 75 minute silent film)

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Full Orchestra: 3(pic;afl).2+ca.3(bcl).2+cbn/


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For further information, please contact us.

For bookings worldwide, contact Michael Mushalla at Schirmer Theatrical.

To book the production with your own conductor, request a quote from Music Sales on Zinfonia, the music publisher portal. Search by “Beal” and  “The General.”