Old Silent Movies with New Music -This Weekend!

When movies were being made at the beginning of the twentieth century, there was of course, no sound. This was before movies became “talkies” where dialogue and music could be incorporated into the production as a whole.

My grandmother was an organist for silent movies around 1918. She had a folio of music, titled “Loose-leaf Motion Picture Music” and she would determine which music selections to play to support the changing moods of the movie! So I have always been fascinated by this concept of movie music, and how it has changed over the years.

Fast-forward to today, and we find Pittsburgh-based composer and trumpet player Kyle Simpson has written original scores for two classic silent films. These compositions will be debuted in a unique audio-visual experience Saturday at the Carnegie Library and Music Hall in Carnegie.

The event will include a live chamber group playing Simpson’s scores, which will accompany the two French films made in 1902 and 1903.

Read here for more information!

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