• Samuel Barber
  • Overture to "The School for Scandal" (for Filmelodic)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)

This title accompanies the original film Sam and Barb's School for Scandal, a short, original film in the Filmelodic series from Adam Grannick Multimedia, LLC. This film with live orchestra work may performed alone or in a set with Last Night's Symphonie (music by Hector Berlioz) and Runaway Overture (music by Richard Wagner). For more information about the film, please visit Filmelodic. For more information about the film with live orchestra production, please visit Schirmer Theatrical.

  • 2+pic.2+ca.2+bcl.2/4331/timp.perc/cel.hp/str
  • 10 min

Programme Note

Related works:
   Tannhauser Overture (to accompany the film "Runaway Overture")
   Symphonie Fantastique, Op. 14" (to accompany the film "Last Night's Symphonie")


SAM & BARB'S SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL is about two close friends, Sam and Barb, and is set to Samuel Barber’s Overture to the School for Scandal. On the night of their “Five Year Roommate Anniversary”, Sam and Barb engage in constant one–upmanship in a game of wits, only to realize they might be in love with one another. But because they’re both terrified to admit it, they continue to make each other jealous and engage in a series of more and more harmful behavior, until someone gets hurt.

Director's Note

SAM & BARB'S SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL attempts to dissolve stereotypes about the target audience for classical music. The film is the culmination of years of experiments with visualizing hidden stories within masterpieces of classical music and linking the universal sounds with the modern experiences of new and potential audiences.

SAM & BARB'S SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL uses the international language of music to take the traditional place of dialogue. But in this story, there is no "missing" dialogue, no miming, and no intertitles. Instead, we unify the story by using themes and dramatic beats present in the music.

In the context of our story, the themes and beats take on meanings that universalize the music for a young and modern audience. The characters and settings have musical counterparts that create associations more familiar to a 21st-century audience.

Through a story about friendship, love, and the blurry boundaries between them, SAM & BARB'S SCHOOL FOR SCANDAL exposes the foolish risks we take when we're afraid to instead take those risks that really matter. It reveals what's at stake when we lie to the people we love - and to ourselves. It is about the shenanigans our egos pull when we try to avoid our hearts.

Just as Samuel Barber's two contrasting themes push and pull at each other, expand, contact, and swell to a resounding and gutsy conclusion, the film's protagonists pluck and jab at one another's heartstrings to keep from hearing the very real and vulnerable music of their own. But while beating hearts may have many qualities, keeping silent is not one of them. — Erin E. McGuff & Adam Grannick

Film Specs

Approximate Running Time: 10:00

Film Completion Date: January 2016

Writer/Director: Erin E. McGuff

Writer/Director: Adam Grannick

Director of Photography: Mickey Lewitter

Producer: Schirmer Theatrical, LLC