I’m happy to announce that you can now watch Nosferatu with my soundtrack on YouTube.
F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu is a 1922 adaptation of the Dracula story to the screen. It’s a classic of silent cinema, famous for Max Schreck’s iconic and chilling performance as the vampire. Between 2018 and 2021 writing a new soundtrack to this film has been my major musical project.
There are a few different restorations of Nosferatu. While writing the soundtrack I was working to Photoplay’s 1995 restoration, which is available on the BFI Blu-Ray. That restoration is still in copyright, so I can’t make it available with my soundtrack, but there is another version of the film in the public domain. The image quality is sadly poor, and the picture has suffered from aggressive cropping, but I am at least free to put it on YouTube with my own soundtrack.
The timings are somewhat different than I was originally working to, so I’ve had to edit the soundtrack a fair amount to make it fit this version of the film – quite a tricky task at points. It’s not the ideal way to see the film and hear my soundtrack, but it’s better than nothing and I hope you enjoy it.