Fantasy on a Theme by Charlie Chaplin
Fantasy on a Theme of Charlie Chaplin is based on a theme from Chaplin’s film, Limelight (1952). The theme is often referred to as “Terry’s theme” after a character in the film. This same theme became the melody for the widely popular song “Eternally” from the following year sung by Jimmy Young. I began the piece in 2014, as a tribute to Chaplin for the 100th anniversary of the debut of his tramp character, which first appeared in Kid Auto Racing at Venice, CA in 1914. Limelight is a biographical film, set in 1914 London, Chaplin’s birth town. The film explores themes of an aging artist who is struggling with the changing times and the eventual passing of the torch to the next generation of artists.