In this episode: Ben interviews composer, silent film pianist and television producer William Perry. Perry is probably best-remembered for his scores for the now-legendary television series “The Silent Years”, produced by Paul Killiam, that ran for two seasons on public television, in 1971 and 1975. For twelve years Perry was the music director and composer-in-residence at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In the first part of this interview, Perry talks about his impressive musical background, how he became MoMA’s full-time silent film accompanist, the origins of the “Silent Years” shows, and more. The 2nd half of the interview will be posted in October 2022.
Show notes for episode 51 can be found here.