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Offline coolpianoman

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Accompanying silent films
« on: February 13, 2019, 07:27:13 PM »
I am attending a course in the Summer on how to accompany silent films which I am really looking forward to.  However so far we have been given no instruction on how to prepare for this and I wondered if anyone on here has any experience of playing for silent films and can give any advice on the playing or the preparation? Many thanks

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Re: Accompanying silent films
«Reply #1 on: February 15, 2019, 02:16:05 PM »
There was a nice book that I loaned from the library called "Motion Picture Moods for Pianists and Organists" Erno Rappe. It was a very large book with tonns of pieces ordered in terms of emotions, moods, well worth to explore this in preparation.

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Re: Accompanying silent films
«Reply #2 on: February 15, 2019, 02:37:10 PM »
That sounds great - thank you. I was anticipating improvising but I am sure there is some good material in this too. I have grasped that it is important to know the film reasonably well and what happens when together with some prepared themes one can use for different situations. Chris

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Re: Accompanying silent films
«Reply #3 on: February 15, 2019, 03:01:09 PM »
The link I provided after downloading it didn't seem to contain the music from the book which was odd so I removed the link, I also corrected the name of the book I copy pasted the wrong one ha! If I find it online somewhere I will post it.
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Re: Accompanying silent films
«Reply #4 on: February 15, 2019, 03:06:25 PM »
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