In creating ‘Faust’ score, the devil is in the details
Silent classic to come alive with musical accompaniment
CAMBRIDGE - In his narrow, crowded office at MIT, Martin Marks plays the piano. Just over his shoulder, the screen of his Mac is showing “Faust,’’ a classic German film made in 1926 by F.W. Murnau. As the scenes change, so does the accompaniment - scraps of music by Gounod, Schubert, Saint-Saens, and others, assembled by Marks. Behind him stands soprano and fellow MIT faculty member Ellen Harris. The two will give a public performance with the film tomorrow at MIT’s Killian Hall.