Episode 53 Show Notes: Playing For The Talkies
William Perry’s Trobriand Music
Use of main themes and leitmotivs, especially for his new piano score for Sky High (1922) starring Tom Mix
“How To Accompany a Silent Movie for Halloween” adapted for American Guild of Organists magazine “The American Organist”, Oct 2022 issue.
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What makes you want to play for a particular film? Ben’s answer: the audience
Finding places for music, for example, transitions
- The prologue – adding a “magical” celesta-like accompaniment
- Reveal of the creature – reaching for the light
- A transition
- The Creature menaces Elizabeth
- March of the Angry Villagers
Other early synch sound films which might accommodate live scores (Mad Love, The Three Stooges)
A recommended resource: After the Silents. Hollywood Film Music in the Early Sound Era 1926-1934 by Michael Slowik