New audio recordings by Ethan Uslan

I’m delighted to announce that SFSMA now has recordings of more than twenty individual pieces as well as multiple cues from three film scores available in addition to sheet music, instruction books, and other materials. Thanks to the Society for American Music’s 2016 Sight and Sound Award, SFSMA was able to commission silent film pianist Ethan Uslan to record and engineer a selection of published works by prominent silent film composers. Audio files are presented in .aif format, which offer outstanding uncompressed sound and is playable with Windows Media Player, iTunes, VLC, QuickTime, and other audio programs. All of the recordings are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International license.

SFSMA would love to add to this collection of audio recordings. If you are interested in sponsoring or helping support our next recording project, please contact me at director [at] sfsma [dot] org.

To listen to the recordings, follow the links below to each piece, or search SFSMA using keyword: “audio.”

Enjoy!

Kendra Leonard, Director of the Silent Film Sound and Music Archive

Score Selections

  1. Colburn, George. Antony and Cleopatra, Nos. 7-10, “7. Cleopatra, ‘Behold Noble Antony;” “8. Having gained Antony’s consent;” “9. Cleopatra prepares for Antony’s visit;” and “10. The Eternal Feminine” (Chicago: George Kleine Productions, 1914). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/antony-and-cleopatra
  2. Hinrichs, George, and Max (Moe) Winkler. The Phantom of the Opera, Nos. 2; 13-14, “Meanwhile in Christine’s Dressing Room” and “I Shall Sing for You” (New York: Belwin, 1925). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/the-phantom-of-the-opera
  3. Hoffman, Michael. The Sea Beast, Nos. 9 and 12, “Down Rope” and “A Hundred Leagues.” (New York: Descriptive Film Music Co., 1926). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/the-sea-beast

Individual pieces

  1. Allen, Thomas S. “Dance of the Lunatics,” Jacobs’ Piano Folio of Schottisches and Caprices, No. 2 (Boston: Walter Jacobs, Inc., 1921). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/jacobs-piano-folio-of-schottisches-and-caprices-no-2
  2. Baron, Maurice. “Radio Message,” Belwin Folio of Galops (New York: Belwin, 1917). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/folio-of-galops
  3. Berge, Irenee. “Pizzicato (Petit Ballet),” PianOrgaN Film Books of Incidental Music, Vol. 1: Animal Cartoonix (New York: Belwin, 1925). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/pianorgan-film-books-of-incidental-music-vol-1-animal-cartoonix
  4. Boehnlein, Victor G. “Fairy Flirtations,” Jacobs’ Piano Folio of Schottisches and Caprices, No. 1 (Boston: Walter Jacobs, Inc., 1921). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/jacobs-piano-folio-of-schottisches-and-caprices-no-1
  5. Borch, Gaston. “Misterioso Infernale,” Schirmer’s Photoplay Series Vol. 4 (New York: G. Schirmer, 1918). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/schirmers-photoplay-series-vol-1-6
  6. Breil, Joseph Carl. “Molto Agitato (for storms, battles fires, explosions, and consequent mob excitement, followed by victory or rescue),” Joseph Carl Breil’s Original Collection of Dramatic Music for Motion Picture Plays (New York: Chappell, 1917). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/joseph-carl-breils-original-collection-of-dramatic-music-for-motion-picture-plays
  7. Cobb, George L. “Sing ling ting,” Jacobs’ Piano Folio of Oriental, Spanish, and Indian Music, No. 1 (Boston: Walter Jacobs, Inc., 1921). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/jacobs-piano-folio-of-oriental-spanish-and-indian-music-no-1
  8. Lake, M. L. and Lester Brockton. “Hurry (for general use),” Carl Fischer’s Loose Leaf Motion Picture Collection (New York: Carl Fischer, 1915). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/carl-fischers-loose-leaf-motion-picture-collection
  9. ———. “Agitato (sudden or impending danger).” Carl Fischer’s Loose Leaf Motion Picture Collection (New York: Carl Fischer, 1915). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/agitato
  10. ———. “Lamento (Scenes of grief and sadness).” Carl Fischer’s Loose Leaf Motion Picture Collection (New York: Carl Fischer, 1915). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/carl-fischers-loose-leaf-motion-picture-collection
  11. Leigh, Norman. “Woodland Dance,” Jacobs’ Piano Folio of Novelettes, No. 6 (Boston: Walter Jacobs, Inc., 1921). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/jacobs-piano-folio-of-novelettes-no-6
  12. Luz, Ernst. “Storm Scene,” A.B.C. Dramatic Set No.9 (New York: Photoplay Music Co., 1915). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/a-b-c-dramatic-set-no-9
  13. ———. “Western Scene,” A.B.C. Dramatic Set No.11 (New York: Photoplay Music Co., 1915). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/a-b-c-dramatic-set-no-11
  14. ———. “Hungarian or mythical foreign scene,” A.B.C. Dramatic Set No.18 (New York: Photoplay Music Co., 1916). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/a-b-c-dramatic-set-no-18
  15. Rapée, Erno. “Three Grotesque Themes,” PianOrgaN Film Books of Incidental Music, Vol. 1: Grotesque and Comedy Music (New York: Belwin, 1925). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/pianorgan-film-books-of-incidental-music-vol-1-grotesque-and-comedy-music
  16. Winkler, Max (Moe.) “Dramatic Suspense,” PianOrgaN Film Books of Incidental Music, Vol. 1: Book of Dramatic Tensions (New York: Belwin, 1925). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/pianorgan-film-books-of-incidental-music-vol-1
  17. Wright, N. Louise. “Lullaby,” Motion Picture Moods, ed. Erno Rapée (G. Schirmer, New York, 1924). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/motion-picture-moods
  18. Zamecnik, J. S. “Misterioso (stealth, horror, dark scenes),” Sam Fox Photoplay Edition, Vol. 1 (Cleveland: Sam Fox Pub. Co., 1919). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/sam-fox-photoplay-edition-vol-1
  19. ———. “Varsity Cadets,” Sam Fox March Folio, Vol. 2 (Cleveland: Sam Fox Pub. Co., 1923). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/fox-march-folio-vol-2
  20. ———. “Love Came Calling,” Sam Fox Loose Leaf Collection of Select Song Themes for Orchestra, Vol. 1 (Cleveland: Sam Fox Pub. Co., 1924). http://www.sfsma.org/ark/22915/sam-fox-select-themes-vol-1

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