News - L’arsenale Ensemble

The brilliant L’arsenale Ensemble from Treviso, Italy will perform a new film score this weekend at a London screening of the classic horror film Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror by F.W. Murnau, in celebration of the film’s centenary... 

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The composer of the new score is instrumental inventor extraordinaire Filippo Perocco, Artistic Director of the award-winning L’arsenale Ensemble. The screening, with Perocco’s score played live by members of the ensemble, takes place in Hall One of London’s Kings Place tomorrow, Saturday, April 30th (8.30pm) as part of a one-day festival of new music curated by UK-based Riot Ensemble.

Murnau’s 1922 film, one of the most famous of all silent movies which continues to haunt audiences to this day, has long been noted for its themes of fear of ‘the other’, and of invasions, real and imagined, which it portrays. Perocco’s music never shies away from these themes, using an array of electronics, prepared piano, voice, and mixed ensemble to lean into the disquiet and ask us how we plan to move forward, together.

Murnau's silent film masterpiece was loosely inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula. Murnau had to change the title, the names of the characters and the locations due to problems related to the legal rights of the work. He was nevertheless taken to court by Stoker's heirs, lost the copyright infringement case and was required to destroy all copies of the film. But Murnau saved a clandestine copy and the film was able to survive for generations of cinema-goers.

Watch the film trailer, with Perocco's new scoring:

In the soundtrack composed by Perocco, the elements and fragments, sometimes borrowed from popular music, are conceived as vehicles of a persistent dream: Nosferatu characterised as a long dream journey. 

Here's another haunting extract from Perocco’s film score:

Filippo Perocco is a composer, conductor and organist, and founder of Ensemble L’arsenale. His works have been commissioned by, among others, Venice Biennale, La Fenice, Brighton Festival and Taschenopern Salzburg and are performed widely by international orchestras and ensembles and at new music festivals throughout the world.

About Ensemble L’Arsenale

Founded in 2005 by young musicians and composers, under the artistic direction of Filippo Perocco, and based in the northern Italian town of Treviso, Ensemble L'arsenale investigates 21st century music-making in startling and original ways. It employs a very particular sound palate (soprano, sax, guitars, accordion and piano) supported by synthesiser, homemade instruments and low-fi electronics. The ensemble has received support from the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation's on a number of occasions. In 2016 it was awarded the prestigious Franco Abbiati Music Critics’ Award for its bold initiatives in presenting new music. Find out more about them at

L'arsenale Ensemble (Treviso, Italy), with Filippo Perocco conducting, will perform Nosferatu — A Symphony of Horror as a live score for the silent film by F. W. Murnau (1922) on Saturday, April 30 - 8.30pm at Hall One, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG. Music by Filippo Perocco for soprano, sax, accordion, electric guitar, piano, synth and little instruments

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