Semi-improvised soundtrack to Victor Sjöström’s silent film THE WIND, as part of the Classical:NEXT Showcase. With the Edge Ensemble + vocalist/improviser Marie Guilleray.
In The Wind, a naive young woman from Virginia moves to Texas, where family, local suitors, and the incessant wind drive her to madness and murder. Four men of the Edge Ensemble embody the physical and psychological wind of the film — storms and tornadoes assault the small village, and dark thoughts assault the characters’ minds. Pujals and her ‘breath’ (the bass clarinetist) represent the fear and suffering of Letty, the lone woman and protagonist of the film.