Music and Sound in Silent Film: From the Nickelodeon to The Artist

1st Edition

Ruth Barton, Simon Trezise

Routledge
December 21, 2018 Forthcoming
Reference - 214 Pages - 50 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138245358 - CAT# Y312466
Series: Routledge Music and Screen Media Series

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Summary

Despite their name, the silent films of the early cinematic era were frequently accompanied by music and other sound elements of many kinds, including mechanical instruments, live performers, and audience sing-alongs. The twelve 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 including both senior and emerging scholars, Music and Sound in Silent Film offers an essential introduction to the origins of film music and the cinematic art form.

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