Chapter

“The efforts of the wretched pianist:”

Andrew Higson

in The Sounds of the Silents in Britain

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199797615
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979738 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797615.003.0008
“The efforts of the wretched pianist:”

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This chapter focuses on the development of an aesthetic of correspondence between music and film in the early 1910s. It was a period of change, uncertainty and exploration, however, and despite exhortations in the trade press, attention was not generally paid to close correspondence of this sort until at least the mid-1910s. Here Andrew Higson explores a wide variety of the competing discourses in circulation during the period, including letters to, and columns from, the trade papers from the early 1910s, alongside views from manuals and—more unusually—contemporary fiction.

Keywords: Kinematograph and Lantern Weekly; Kinematograph Weekly; musical accompaniment; silent film; trade papers; manuals; fiction

Chapter.  7864 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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