The Passion of Joan of Arc

Silent Film And Medieval Music
The Passion Of Joan Of Arc
Orlando Consort

Pre-concert talk with Orlando Consort’s Donald Greig at 7:15 PM.

Orlando Consort (Matthew Venner, Mark Dobell, Angus Smith, Donald Greig)

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc is widely recognized as a silent film masterpiece, regularly appearing on lists of the top ten greatest films ever made. The world-renowned vocal ensemble Orlando Consort present an entirely new, carefully crafted soundtrack of music from the era in which the film is set. The intricate beauty of 15th-century works by Binchois and Dufay, together with animated motets and haunting plainsong, amplify the poignant depiction of medieval France. Dreyer’s portrayal of Joan of Arc is a film of extraordinary power, delivering an emotional experience that resonates as strongly today as it did in the 1920’s.

Read a detailed breakdown of the music performed during each scene.

“The Orlando Consort’s performances are simultaneously ravishing and reverential.”

Los Angeles Times


“So extraordinary and otherworldly is this film’s power, you could believe you were watching the actual trial of Joan of Arc.”

The Guardian