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The Music of the Silent Films: Piano

Mixed Songbook | Sheet Music & Songbooks
Instrumentation Piano
Publisher Wise Publications
The silent films were not silent for long. The live music that accompanied early cinema was as much a part of the experience as the film itself. The Music Of The Silent Films features 50 original pieces and arrangements for Solo Piano, divided into specific moods in the same way that the live music accompanists of the silent era would have used.

This book tells the extraordinary story of the rise and abrupt fall of silent movie music and includes 50 original pieces and arrangements for Solo Piano, allowing you to play scores inspired by what is arguably the golden era of film music. era, The Music Of The Silent Films boasts specially selected pieces that evoke a range of mood music genres, representing a number of composers.

Not only does this book comprise an eclectic collection of Piano scores, it also features film stills and stunning photography to accompany a fascinating introduction to this precedential era of 'sight and sound'. Further to this, a short guide to how to use the music to create your own silent film scores is sure to help you bring a new dimension to your playing, and might even help to revive a lost art! 

During the pre-talkie period of 1915–1927, live musical 'photoplay' accompaniment was required in movie theatres great and small, giving work to an army of musicians. To help the solitary pianists run the gamut of musical emotions, night after night, music publishers produced a wealth of scores with selections of printed music chosen to match a range of on-screen moods and activities. The Music Of The Silent Films includes short biographies of some of the leading composers of the genre, as well as detailed descriptions of the most popular ‘moods’ used, helping you not only to play the pieces but learn more about sound and cinema at the same time.

Perfect for any pianist interested in silent films, film composition, or just wanting a
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Product Format Mixed Songbook
Genre TV-Film-Musical-Show
Release Date 2015
Pages 256
ISBN 9781780386812
Edition Number AM1005114
Catalog No. MUSAM1005114
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  1. A Chinese Tragedy
  2. A Festive Gathering
  3. A Marionette's Romance
  4. Agitato No. 3
  5. Allegro Perpetuo
  6. Allegro Precipitoso
  7. Allegro Scintillante
  8. Amaryllis (Graceful Dance)
  9. Andante Cantabile
  10. Andante Dramatico
  11. Appassionato No.1
  12. Arabian Nights
  13. Battle Music
  14. Betrayed
  15. Comedy Excitement
  16. Dashing Cowboy
  17. Dramatic Andante No.1
  18. Gaiety
  19. Happy Bohemians
  20. Hurry No. 2
  21. Hurry No.3
  22. Impending Danger
  23. In Despair
  24. Indian War-Dance
  25. Into The Unknown
  26. Jollity
  27. June Moon
  28. Kiki
  29. Love's Awakening
  30. Miss Mischief (Caprice d'Amour)
  31. Misterioso
  32. Pomp And Pageantry
  33. Recitative No.1
  34. Remorse
  35. Reproach
  36. Sinister Misterioso
  37. Solemn Scenes From Nature
  38. Storm, Strife Or Tempest
  39. Sunset
  40. Terreur (Terror)
  41. The Bold Riders
  42. The Creepy Creeps
  43. The Flight
  44. The Hobbling Hobo
  45. The Jesters
  46. The Village Clown
  47. The Village Cut-Up
  48. Treacherous Knave
  49. Valse Mimi
  50. Violence

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9 out of 10


Brentwood GB
It has music that other books do not contain - often a new book includes a number of standards that are in a lot of music compilations
Not having the time to learn the new pieces!
Confirmed purchase: 16 September 2016
Published on: 02 October 2016
8 out of 10


Glasgow GB Privacy
A lot more historical detail than I'd expected.
Hardback binding isn't ideal for playing.
Confirmed purchase: 26 October 2015
Published on: 09 November 2015
7 out of 10


kings langley, Herts GB
Its a useful and relatively unique collection of pieces of music suitable for the accompaniment of 'silent' films. I have been presenting films by Chaplin, Keaton, Lloyd and others for years so I have a professional interest. The examples of recurring rhythmic and harmonic features suitable to the period and style of the time are well set out here and form a very good basis of study for the person wanting to aquaint him/her self with them even if they don't use complete pieces.
One practical point---A hard-back book of musical examples is difficult to use when presenting these films ---one is playing continually and the finding of the right piece or even turning pages can become problems. The pieces are fine in levels of difficulty for the experiences pianist/organist but a bit hard for the average 'parlour' player. But it is good that they have all been gathered together in one place.
Confirmed purchase: 01 September 2015
Published on: 25 September 2015
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