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ep. 61: Improvising Themes for Re-Use and Development

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In this episode: Ben shares his experiences accompanying the silent era blockbuster “The Big Parade”, the rare Italian film “A’ Santanotte”, Laurel & Hardy shorts, and others; he and Kerr discuss the practices of creating leitmotifs on the fly during a show, and then repeating them later in the film’s score; there’s some deep info and history on the different pianos at MoMA, and how the feel of playing these pianos – and the many others Ben encounters in his work – affect his playing and live-scoring; Ben’s New Year’s resolution for his silent film accompaniments (with a nod to Akira Kurosawa); and more.

Show notes for episode 61 can be found here.

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