Journal of Film Music, Vol 2, No 2-4 (2009)

Silvestre Revueltas’s Redes: Composing for Film or Filming for Music?

Roberto Kolb-Neuhaus
Issued Date: 15 Mar 2010


On May 12, 1936 at the Palacio de Bellas Artes
in Mexico City, Silvestre Revueltas directed
the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in a concert
version of the music he had recently composed for
the film Redes which would premiere just two months
later, on July 9 at Mexico City’s Cine Principal. Of nine
film scores composed by Revueltas, two—Redes (1934–
1935) and Música para charlar (1938)1— were also
conceived as concert music in the form of symphonic
poems. Of the two, Redes is of greater interest, not
only due to its musical qualities, but also because of its
historic significance within the particular confluence
of aesthetic and political references of the time,
which were highly significant in the history of art in

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DOI: 10.1558/jfm.v2i2-4.127


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