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Cabinet of Dr Caligari, The

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Ian Deterling

Ian Deterling

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 4:10
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Deterling Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $56.00; (digital) - $56.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Bassoon I-II (II optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV (II & IV optional)
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Hi-Hat
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Triangle
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is [a] silent German expressionist film from 1920. Considered by many to be the first true horror film, Caligari was incredibly innovative with its use of cinematography, warped sets, and the first substantial use of what is now known as the ‘plot-twist’ ending. The title character of the film, Dr. Caligari, has a cabinet - (believe it or not!) - and in this cabinet lives the somnambulist (the sleepwalker) Cesare, who goes around carrying out Caligari's evil deeds. Directed by Robert Wiene and staring Werner Krauss and Conrad Veidt, The Cabinet of Dr. Calagari continues to influence, inspire, and captivate filmmakers even today.

Deterling’s work for concert band makes use of several themes used in his orchestral score that he composed to accompany the film.

- Program Note from State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band concert program, 27 September 2018


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • State University of New York, Fredonia, Concert Band (Ray Stewart, conductor) – 27 September 2018

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