The revival of live orchestra accompanying silent movies is one of the main activites of conductor Marcelo Falcão. It is an art form from about 100 years ago and was seen at the time as a natural evolution of the opera. Composers such as Richard Strauss, Dmitri Shostakovich and Camille Saint-Saens composed original music for silent-movies. Marcelo Falcão has been performing silent-movies concerts with orchestra since 2014 and has also arranged music for the silent-movies:
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Director: Robert Wiene, 1920)
Fräulein Else (Director: Paul Czinner, 1929)
Nosferatu (Director: F.W.Murnau, 1922)
Berlin – Symphony of a Great City (Director: Walter Ruttmann, 1927)
In Berlin, Marcelo Falcão co-founded the Babylon Orchester Berlin, a free orchestra project with members from prominent German orchestras such as Staatsoper Berlin, Komische Oper, Konzerthaus Orchester, Nürenberger Staatsoper, among others. Under his direction the Babylon Orchestra Berlin performed in just more than one year more than 60 silent-movie concerts and symphonic tribute concerts to Nino Rota and Ennio Morricone. The greatest silent-movies of the golden age – like Metropolis, Nosferatu, Battleship Potemin – have been conducted by Marcelo Falcão.