- Tapa blanda: 222 páginas
- Editor: Dover Classical Music for Keyb (21 de noviembre de 2013)
- Colección: Dover Classical Music for Keyboard and Piano Four Hands
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0486492869
- ISBN-13: 978-0486492865
- Valoración media de los clientes: Sé el primero en opinar sobre este producto
- Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº415.187 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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Sounds for the Silents: Photoplay Music from the Days of Early Cinema (Dover Classical Music for Keyboard and Piano Four Hands) (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 21 nov 2013
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"Photoplays," or silent movies, cried out for accompaniment, and a distinctive art form arose to fill the demand, combining cinema, music, and storytelling. This unique anthology features original sheet music for the piano pieces that complemented early motion pictures. Derived from eight rare sources, the contents include pieces by J. S. Zamecnik, M. L. Lake, Joseph Carl Breil, J. Bodewalt Lampe, and Walter C. Simon.
An extensive essay by editor Daniel Goldmark introduces the compilation. Goldmark discusses the history of early cinema music its composers and publishers as well as its successes and failures and he examines the use and interest in such music today. Movie fans of all ages will appreciate this collection for its historical value, and amateur and professional theater companies will value it for its practical uses as musical accompaniment.
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The music selections are facsimiles of period scores, and the volume is in the fine Dover tradition of a decent (but not too high quality binding) that is available relatively cheaply. The copy work is decent, some numbers are a little lighter than is desirable when playing in a darkened room, but they are not too bad; the vast majority are crisp, clear, and dark.
My only real quibble (and it is a very small one) with the volume is that a about half of the music available here has been on the web for a few years as downloadable PDF's for free. Having said that, original copies are increasingly hard to find and expensive, so when you consider the cost of putting together this collection with originals and PDF's it is still a great bargain by any measure. It is also wonderfully convenient and nice to have all these scores within one clean modern binding.
It would have been nice if they had included Zamecnik's 1919 through 1922 collections of film cues that were of a higher calibre and more elaborate structure than his first three volumes of photoplay scores.
Perhaps a second volume could be considered if this volume sales well enough.
Considering the actual nature of the compositions, the musical difficulty really is all over the place, most works in the collection fall from very easy to the easier side of moderate, with only a few of the Lake pieces bumping up against early advanced, but there is nothing that is too difficult. If you can manage a Bach Invention, a Jazz standard, or a musical's vocal score this will be very accessible and/or easy to sight read. On the other hand, for beginning pianists, the Zamecnik pieces will likely provide a lot of fun and a small challenge here and there.
All in all a great book for anyone who is interested in exploring the actual music used by hundreds of pianists and organists to accompany silent film from 1913-1929, and an excellent introduction to the context of the period and the genre. If you have been playing for silent films or studying the topic for a while, you will likely not find much here that is new, but it might round out your collection. If you want to play a silent film live or start studying the music of the era, this is the perfect place to start!