- Silent film music -- History and criticism.
Despite their name, the silent films of the early cinematic era were frequently accompanied by music and other sound elements of many kinds, in cluding mechanical in struments, live performers, and audience sing-alongs. The 12 chapters in this concise book explore the multitude of functions filled by music in the rapidly changing context of the silent film era, as the concept of cinema itself developed. Examples are drawn from around the globe and across the history of silent film, both during the classic era of silent film and later uses of the silent format. With contributors drawn from film studies and music disciplines, and in cluding both senior and emerging scholars, Music and Sound in Silent Film offers an essential in troduction to the origins of film music and the cinematic art form.
/ Simon Trezise
PART ONE: THE EVOLUTION OF SOUND AND PERFORMANCE PRACTICES, THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
1.‘Better Music at Smaller Cost’: Selling Mechanical Instruments to American Motion Picture Houses in the 1910s
/ Jim Buhler and Allison Wente
2. Musical Suggestions for Hollywood Films, 1908-1927
/ Kendra Preston Leonard
3. Sing them again: audience singing in silent film
/ Malcolm Cook
PART TWO: THE EVOLUTION OF SOUND AND PERFORMANCE PRACTICES, THE GLOBAL EXPERIENCE
4. ‘Players Must Be of a Good Class’: Women and Concert Musicians in Irish Picture Houses, 1910-20
/ Denis Condon
5. Women musicians in the transition between silent and sound cinema
/ Laraine Porter
PART THREE: SYNCHRONISATION AND SCORING – HISTORICAL PRACTICES
6. Music’s Role in the Development of the ‘Mute’ Feature Film: Ben Hur and Wings
/ Gillian B. Anderson
7. Edmund Meisel’s score to Der heilige Berg (1926: Prefiguring Hollywood’s ‘Golden Age’ narrative-scoring practices in live performance
/ Fiona Ford
PART FOUR: SYNCHRONISATION AND SCORING – CONTEMPORARY REWORKINGS
8. Carl Davis
/ in terview by Simon Trezise
9. Scenes from Ozu
/ Ed Hughes
10. Damaging a film; rediscovering a film. A Musical Comparison of Three DVD Editions of Nosferatu
/ Emilio Audissino
11. Electroacoustic Composition and Silent Film
/ Nicholas Brown
12. The Modern ‘Silent Film’
/ James Wierzbicki
13. About the Contributors
- Ruth Barton is Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Trinity College Dublin. She is the author of /Irish National Cinema/, /Acting Irish in Hollywood: From Fitzgerald to Farrell/, /Hedy Lamarr: The Most Beautiful Woman in Film/, and /Rex Ingram: Visionary Director of the Silent Screen/.
- Simon Trezise is Associate Professor in the Department of Music, Trinity College Dublin. He is the editor of /The Cambridge Companion to French Music/.
Music and Sound in Silent Film, From the Nickelodeon to /The Artist/.
Ed. by Ruth Barton [1959-] & Simon Trezise.
New York / London: Routledge, 2019, 210 p., ill.
(Routledge Music and Screen Media Series.).
ISBN 9781138245341 (hb., $150,00)
ISBN 9781138245358 (pb., $44,95)
ISBN 9781315276274 (eb.)