The classic 1939 documentary film with a newly recorded soundtrack.

Made for the 1939 New York World’s Fair, The City is a seminal documentary film distinguished for the organic integration of narration (scripted by city planner Lewis Mumford), cinematography (Ralph Steiner and Willard Van Dyke), and music (Aaron Copland). The score, arguably Copland’s highest achievement in film, was also his ticket to Hollywood; The LA Times‘s Mark Swed called it “an astonishing missing link not only in the genesis of Copland’s Americana style but in American music and cinema.” As the film contains no dialogue, it is possible to create a fresh soundtrack and discover musical riches inaudible on the original monaural recording.

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The City from PostClassical Ensemble on Vimeo.

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