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Monday, May 2, 2011

A Mighty Wurlitzer

Here we have music originally played to accompany silent movies.

Surely you know that, when motion pictures were big and new, theatres had orchestras, organs, and piano accompanists to the silent films.  Sometimes scores were composed specifically for films (you can search and find a contemporaneous Metropolis score online).  When more than one or two players accompanied a movie, either this, or preselected music would be used, to keep everybody on the same page.

More often the soloist on piano or organ would have a mental repertoire of appropriate selections and, after watching the film once or twice, be able to improvise and string together these melodies to match the onscreen antics.

This album is a selection of the pieces that were more popular, found at a Salvation Army store last month.  Here are the tracks:

01 - The Perfect Song
02 - The Merry Widow Waltz
03 - Jeannine, I Dream of Lilac Time
04 - Old Ironsides
05 - Charmaine
06 - Little Mother
07 - Wonderful One
08 - Diane
09 - Angela Mia
10 - Estrellita
11 - Westward Ho!
12 - Marie
13 - Ramona
14 - The Big Chase

And here is the link:

If somebody asks, I can scan the back cover and share the liner notes.

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