A Dog’s Life

Here’s a clip from Charlie Chaplin’s movie “A Dog’s Life,” a silent movie from 1918. The soundtrack includes a saw. I think the saw works well with all the crying. The music was composed by Chaplin himself, who specifically indicated that the passages should be played by a saw. You can find out more about Chaplin and his compositions at Timothy Brock’s website listed at the bottom of the page here. Mr. Brock is one of the world’s leading authorities on the musical works of Chaplin.

I found this clip on Katharina Micada’s webpage, and she graciously gave me permission to include it here. Thanks, Katharina!



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Rowena Southard, your blog hostess, is a musical saw enthusiast who lives in California. She loves all kinds of music and has a special fondness for unusual instruments.