Digitizing the Grauman Collection

I’m delighted to announce that SFSMA will be working with the American Music Research Center (AMRC) at the University of Colorado Boulder and the CU Libraries to digitize the Grauman Theatre Scores Collection and its 3,854 scores available online. This work is supported by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. As the AMRC digitizes and uploads pieces, SFSMA will create links to those works, thus helping SFSMA users find items in the CU online collection. I’ll post more details about this partnership as the project gets underway.

CU’s Press release (read original here):

AMRC to Preserve Grauman Film Score Collection
by Charles Wofford

Between 1900 and 1929, when Sid Grauman ran silent films with live orchestral accompaniment in his Hollywood “movie palaces,” he probably never imagined that the thousands of orchestral scores used by his musicians would be recognized as important Americana in their own right. A century later—with a $116,916 grant from the  (NHPRC)—the University of Colorado Boulder’s American Music Research Center (AMRC) is creating a comprehensive digital archive of the Grauman Theatre Scores Collection.

In collaboration with CU Libraries and the Silent Film Sound and Music Archive, the 3,854 scores of the collection will be digitized in multiple high-resolution, full-color formats and made available online at no charge to the public. An additional 192,700 preservation images will help preserve the particularities of the scores, such as handwritten markings from musicians and conductors. “[The Grauman Silent Film Scores Collection] is one of the most important collections anywhere,” says AMRC Director and Professor of Musicology Susan Thomas. “Because of the Grauman Theatre’s centrality in Los Angeles and U.S. film history, these scores can be considered foundational documents—not only for the cultural history of the United States, but also for the sonic construction of U.S. identity in the 20th century.”

The musical representations found in the Grauman collection inspired film composers of the following generation, such as Max Steiner and Alfred Newman; they, in turn, influenced famous film composers from Jerry Goldsmith and Henry Mancini to today’s superstars, including John Williams, Hans Zimmer and others. The collection was donated to the AMRC in 2019 by Rodney Sauer. A pianist, accordionist and director of the Monto Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, Sauer drove the roughly 5,000 pounds of sheet music from Los Angeles to his Louisville, Colorado, home in 2013, narrowly averting catastrophe in the 2013 Boulder County floods. “I want to use this music, I don’t necessarily want to own it,” Sauer previously stated in theColoradan Alumni Magazine.

The AMRC is partnering with Sauer to produce video tutorials to guide performance-oriented musicians on everything from genre selection to timing and period aesthetics. The AMRC is also working to produce music packets for K-12 musicians, especially high school orchestras, who will be able to create their own scores for specific films. “This project is not about moving the music from one dusty attic to another,” says AMRC Assistant Director and Archivist Jessie de la Cruz. “This archive will be a living part of the community.”

The Angel of Broadway

Title: The Angel of Broadway

Author: Rudolph Berliner

Publisher: Thematic Music Cue Sheets, 1927

Series:

Format: Cue sheet

Document type: Cue sheet

All authors/contributors: Rudolph Berliner

OCLC Number:

Contents:

  1. At screening: “Lead, Kindly Light” by Dykes
  2. Jerry looks at girl beside him: “Largo” from New World Symphony by Dvorak
  3. People walking in street: “Budding Spring” by Platzmann
  4. Band starts playing: “Glory, Glory, Hallelujah” by Steffe (direct cue)
  5. Taxi seen at curb: “Red Pepper” by Lodge
  6. Jerry gets in motor truck: “Just a Girl That Men Forget” by Garren
  7. After Gertie enters house: “Broadway” by Dubin
  8. Babe puts bonnet on: “Miss Mischief” by Kempinski
  9. People at tables seen: “Gold and Silver” by Lehar
  10. Girls come running in: “Roll ‘Em Girls” by Heath
  11. Shimmy dancer seen: “Ukulele Lady” by Whiting
  12. Babe and man in dressing room: “A Lesson in Flirtation” by Roberts
  13. Each night found: “Come to the Fountain” by Stebbins
  14. I bin a drunk: “I’m a Pilgrim”
  15. Band starts playing: “Holy Ghost, With Light Divine” by Gottschalk (direct cue)

Note: The lyrics “Follow Me” were written to fit this composition.

  1. Doughnuts: “Potatoe Bug Parade” by Cobb
  2. Jerry seizes man: “Furioso” by Savino
  3. Babe and Jerry sit down: “Melodie” by Tschaikowsky
  4. Babe and Jerry outside door: “Pierrette Flirts” by Fresco
  5. So salvation Sal: “Soubrette” by Silbert
  6. She starts singing: Repeat No. 15 “Holy Ghost, With Light Divine” (direct cue)
  7. Six salvation girls turn showing backs: Repeat No. 15 “Holy Ghost, With Light Divine”
  8. Jerry and Captain Mary seen: Repeat No. 18 “Melodie”
  9. Girls dancing in café: “Ain’t We Carrin’ On” by Frisch
  10. You can’t mock God: “The Omnipotence” by Schubert
  11. Girl dancing in café: Repeat No. 11 “Ukulele Lady”
  12. Babe in dressing room: “Desire” by Siewert
  13. Night after night: “In Love” by Friml
  14. Old woman seen outside: “Ashes of the Past” by Leroux
  15. Christmas week: “Christmas Bells” by Rapee
  16. Jerry sees Babe: “Emotional Conflict” by Becce
  17. Bertha and waiter in offer: “Whims” by Savino
  18. Babe looks into mirror after Lonnie leaves: Repeat No 25 “The Omnipotence”
  19. ½ After Babe leaves room: Repeat No. 8 “Miss Mischief”
  20. Babe starts singing: Repeat No. 15 “Holy Ghost, With Light Divine” (direct cue)
  21. Man joins Jerry outside café: “Lure of Crimson” by Marquardt
  22. Girl seen dancing: Repeat No. 15 “Holy Ghost, With Light Divine”
  23. Babe enters her room: “Disenchantment” by Bizet
  24. Babe knocks glass from Jerry’s hand: “Anger” by Casadesus
  25. Insert—Salvation Army ribbon: “Tragic Andante” by Savino
  26. Salvation Army girl appears in mirror: Repeat No. 25 “The Omnipotence”
  27. Babe leaves room: “Folly” by Franceschi
  28. Jerry seen in street: “Tragico, con moto” (Drigo’s Cinema Classics)
  29. Babe and man in motor: “Poursuite Dramatique” (Drigo’s Cinema Classics)
  30. Babe approaches dying girl’s bed: “Pathetique Symphony No. 6” by Tschaikowsky
  31. Jerry’s hand reaching for Gertie’s hand: Repeat No. 2 “Largo”

Notes: Cues transcribed by James Doering

Source: Carl Braun Collection

SFSMA ID: MxvowWdiPI

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Grant from the Victor Herbert Foundation

I’m delighted to announce that SFSMA has received a grant from the Victor Herbert Foundation to assist with the transcribing, cataloguing, and uploading of the Carl Braun Collection. We’re grateful for this assistance, which will enable us to have the Braun Collection fully posted to the Archive by the end of Summer 2021.

Countless individual pieces by and excerpts from larger works by Victor Herbert were published as music for silent film. Works by Herbert are also heavily referenced in cue sheets, in which arrangers would list each scene of the film and make a corresponding recommendation for a piece to play with it, providing the title, composer, and melody line. Herbert works like “Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life,” “Punch and Judy,” and the “Habanera” and “Vaquero’s Song” from Natoma are already part of SFSMA’s collection; and works by Herbert appear on several cue sheets already in the Archive. The Braun collection contains numerous works by Herbert—so far we’ve located more than 40 individual pieces referenced in the Collection’s cue sheets. Many of these are used more than once in the same film, functioning as a film’s major themes.

 

Erno Rapee, Motion Picture Moods

I am delighted to announce that at last we have a beautiful and clean scan of Erno Rapee’s Motion Picture Moods. This was scanned by Rodney Sauer of the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra, who generously donated his scan to SFSMA. You can now find the complete contents of this landmark reference for silent film accompaniment here. Because of the size of the book, we’ve had to break it into smaller components for downloading. If you want to combine these files into one large PDF, we recommend EasyPDF, a free resource.

The Avenging Rider

Title: The Avenging Rider

Author: James C. Bradford

Publisher: Thematic Music Cue Sheets, 1928

Series:

Format: Cue sheet

Document type: Cue sheet

All authors/contributors: James C. Bradford

OCLC Number:

Contents:

  1. At screening: “The Night Riders” by Axt
  2. The boundary line: “Destiny’s Call” by Jacquet
  3. A month later: “Symphonious Melody” by Mendelssohn
  4. Here’s another letter: “Mam ‘zelle Coquette” by Gilmer
  5. So you inherited a half interest: “Sarcasm” by Kempinski
  6. Tom and friends walk away: “Love Song” by Wright
  7. Insert—photograph of Miss Sally Sheridan: “Red Hair” by Snydor
  8. The round up: “Cheer-Up” by Kaufman
  9. Percival Doolittle: “Babbling Brook” by Golden
  10. Girls climb into carriage: “Ain’t We Got Fun” by Jones
  11. Carriage starts off: “Where Do We Go From Here” by O’Hara
  12. Horses start to run: “Dance of the Furies” by Gluck
  13. Sally falls into Tom’s arms: LOVE THEME, “Little Irish Rose” by Zamecnik
  14. What are you men doing here: “The Captive” by Savino
  15. Carriage drives up to house: “Flocons de Neige” by Bradford
  16. Girls appear in gym suits: “Spring Cleaning” by Bradford
  17. Bullying a girl, eh: “Turbulence” by Borch
  18. Look me over, Mr. Larkin: “Little Man” by Ball
  19. Sally alone musing: LOVE THEME, “Little Irish Rose” by Zamecnik
  20. Never had the long ranch: “Varsity Drag” by DeSylva
  21. They walk toward refreshment table: “Little Man” by Ball
  22. Tom enters room, Dancing starts: Varsity Drag” by DeSylva
  23. Sheriff enters: “Implorations” by Pasternack
  24. Sheriff falls from horse: “Emotional Agitato” by Savino
  25. Again on the hunt for evidence: “The Spectre” by Engleman
  26. Girls appear: “Flapperette” by Mills
  27. Sally close-up—walks toward Tom: LOVE THEME, “Little Irish Rose” by Zamecnik
  28. I’ve been looking for you, Meyers: “Ill at Ease” by Jacquet
  29. Flash to girls and outlaw: Allegro Misterioso” by Kempinsky
  30. Come, girls: “Flapperette” by Mills
  31. “Buddy” rising with hat: “Athalia” by Mendelssohn
  32. Girls dancing on grass: “Vanity” by Jackson
  33. “Buddy” strikes Gordon on head: “Sarabunde Perpetuelle” by Bradford
  34. Tom mounts horse: “Scherzo Serioso” by Lowitz
  35. We sure fixed him: “Around the Sundial” by Castillo
  36. Sheriff leaves with prisoner: LOVE THEME, “Little Irish Rose” by Zamecnik

Notes: Cues transcribed by James Doering

Source: Carl Braun Collection

SFSMA ID: Sx4xyIdFIt

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The Arizona Wildcat

Title: The Arizona Wildcat

Author: Michael P. Krueger

Publisher: Thematic Music Cue Sheets, 1927

Series:

Format: Cue sheet

Document type: Cue sheet

All authors/contributors: Michael P. Krueger

OCLC Number:

Contents:

  1. At screening: THEME, “When I Look At You” by Jones
  2. The West where everything: “Junella” by Kahn
  3. Kids fighting in roadway: “”Elopement” by Carrozzini
  4. The greatest rodeo on earth: “Wild and Woolly” by Minot
  5. Here comes Virginia: “The Jolly Hunters” by Egener
  6. Virginia’s horse and carriage run away: “Hurry No. 2” by Langey
  7. You’re awfully brave, Tom: Repeat Theme No. 1
  8. Close-up of mail box: “One Sweet Letter From You” by Warren
  9. With the passing years: “Stampede” by Simon
  10. Tom Phelan: “Evening On the Ranch” by Stahlberg
  11. The fast and furious business: “The Cavalry Wiggle” by Brockenshire
  12. Cowboy is knocked out of barn: “Tex” by Stahlberg
  13. Mix gets off his horse: “Garden Whispers” by Herkan
  14. The Schuyler winter home: “Cupid’s Surprise” by Gross
  15. The beautiful day: Repeat No. 10 “Evening On the Ranch”
  16. Virginia and her aunt at railroad station: “Rodeo Love” by Raymond
  17. Stage coach horses run away: “The Flight” by Savino
  18. Stage coach in rapids: “Eccitamento” by Retlaw
  19. Mix saves Virginia: Repeat Theme No. 1
  20. A week later; “Kowboy Komedy” by Aborn
  21. Virginia gets on horse: “Horsie! Keep Your Tail Up” by Hirsch
  22. Change of scene to Virginia in stable: Repeat No. 4 “Wild and Woolly”
  23. Mix saves Virginia: Repeat Theme No. 1
  24. The next morning: “Sweet Lavender” by Wheeler
  25. You have been wonderful: Repeat Theme No. 1
  26. Weeks without word from Virginia: “Happy Moods” by Marquardt
  27. At the Schuyler home: “Dainty Blossoms” by Kahn
  28. An hour before the game: “Roxy and His Gang” by Krueger
  29. Mix gets hit on head: “Uneasiness” by Mendelssohn
  30. Polo game starts: Repeat No. 11 “Cavalry Wiggle”
  31. Mix gets up from under the horse in wagon: “Dance of the Furies” by Gluck
  32. Men fall off polo horses during game: “Burlesque on Chopin’s Funeral March” by Kempinski
  33. Mix seen riding down mountainside towards polo field: “Moaning Trombone” by Bethel
  34. As a shield for their: “Rhythmic Misterioso” by Damesek
  35. Flask-back to game: “The Booster” by Lake
  36. Insert of note: “An Argument” by Breil
  37. Virginia is at the Van Acker’s home—hurry up: “Excitement” by Breil
  38. After Van Acker is handcuffed: Repeat Theme No. 1

Notes: Cues transcribed by James Doering

Source: Carl Braun Collection

SFSMA ID: 8ZJBkbbE4c

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Arizona Cyclone

Title: Arizona Cyclone

Author: M. Winkler

Publisher: Thematic Music Cue Sheets, 1928

Series:

Format: Cue sheet

Document type: Cue sheet

All authors/contributors: M. Winkler

OCLC Number:

Contents:

  1. THEME: “Love’s Sweet Hour” by Otvos. In the event the above mentioned THEME is not in your Library or unknown to you, you may substitute: “A Place of Dreams” by Grass [or] “Love in May” by Beau.

    Contents:

     

    1. At screening: “Comedy Allegro” by Berg
    2. Wonder who owns: Theme
    3. Kathleen’s father: “Love Among Flowers” by Frommel
    4. My new foreman: “Sinister Theme” by Vely
    5. Meanwhile, Larry’s double: “Aeroplane Galop” by Winter
    6. I’ve got a hunch: “Burlesque” of Lucia Sextette by Kempinski
    7. Meanwhile, Hop-Toad: “The Crook” by Peele
    8. Ain’t forked a saddle in years: “Capricious Anette” by Borch
    9. Monkey fires shot: “Sinister Presto” by Bradford
    10. Run it your own way: “Dramatic Tension” by Levy
    11. Ah! Just in time: “Farcical Allegro” by Aborn
    12. Night found: “Cryptic Shadows” by Becce
    13. Drag him over there: “Phantom Visions” by Stevenson
    14. In that case suppose you: “Agitato Misterioso” by Peele
    15. Midnight—with the fearless: “Comedy Allegro” by Noyes
    16. Well, I’m back: “Dramatic Reproach” by Berge
    17. Morning in Hop-Toad: “Commotion” by Minot
    18. Larry escapes: “Galop No. 7” by Minot
    19. While at the Ranch: “Allegro Infernale” by Aborn
    20. You old buzzard: “Galloping Furies” by Rapee
    21. We’re after the Cyclone: “Allegro Infernale” by Aborn

Notes: Cues transcribed by James Doering; handwritten notes

Source: Carl Braun Collection

SFSMA ID: emqQYhmve7

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Anybody here seen Kelly?

Title: Anybody Here Seen Kelly?

Author: James C. Bradford

Publisher: Thematic Music Cue Sheets, 1928

Series:

Format: Cue sheet

Document type: Cue sheet

All authors/contributors: James C. Bradford

OCLC Number:

Contents:

  1. At screening: “Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly” by Harms
  2. France: “Yankee Doodle Boy” by Cohan
  3. Jeanette, I want to give you a picture: “The Rose of No. Man’s Land” by Caddigan
  4. Kelly and girls enter: “Burlesque on ‘Home Sweet Home’” by Kempinski
  5. You must come to America and be my wife: “K-K-K-Katy” by O’Hara
  6. Jeanette appears on stairs: “When Yankee Doodle Learns of Parlez Vous Francais” by Nelson
  7. Kelly enters room—sees Jeanette weeping: THEME, “Douce Fievre” by Y’Ener
  8. I’m such a famous man: “The Blarney Stone” by Engleman
  9. Mother enters: “Animal Cartoonix No. 2” by Aborn
  10. Tomorrow we entrain for home: “Home Sweet Home”
  11. Close-up of Jeanette: “I’m On My Way Home” by Berlin
  12. With the passing months: “Repeat Theme No. 7
  13. Officer on ship blows whistle: “Sarabande Perpetuelle” by Bradford
  14. Hand placed on her shoulder: “Hunkatin” by Levy
  15. Jeanette standing in park: “My New York” by Berlin
  16. Can’t you see this is: Repeat Theme No. 7
  17. Jeanette speaks to man: Repeat No. 1 “Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly”
  18. Jeanette sees Kelly: “Mon Homme” by Yvain
  19. Dublin flats: “Mrs. Casey” by Hoschna
  20. Jeanette scrubbing window: Repeat Theme No. 7
  21. Jeanette kisses Kelly: Repeat No. 18 “Mon Homme”
  22. Kelly at wash stand: “Nellie Kelly I Love You” by Cohan
  23. Kelly sees prayer book: “Eilm Theme No. 7” by Roberts
  24. Jeanette hurries into kitchen: “Lucky in Love” by Hendersson
  25. Family row across court: “Spring Cleaning” by Bardford
  26. Marriage is like that: Repeat Theme No. 7
  27. Jeanette writing: Repeat No. 1 “Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly”
  28. Inspector appears: “Repeat No. 14 “Hunkatin”
  29. Jeanette ducks under his arm: “Gigue” by Bradford
  30. Insert—writing paper: “Mon Homme” by Yvain
  31. Kelly enters: “Repeat No. 1 “Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly”
  32. Insert—Do your feet hurt?: Repeat No. 30 “Mon Homme”
  33. Jeanette in room alone, very sad: Repeat Theme No. 7
  34. Knock at door: “Who’s Who?” by Morris
  35. How long do you think: “The Seething Mod” by Varnier
  36. Kelly sets for final knock-out: “Big Boy” by Ager
  37. Kelly picks up ring: “Dawn” by Savino
  38. Jeanette enters office: Repeat No. 14 “Hunkatin”
  39. They’re deporting your girl: “Hurry No. 33” by Minot
  40. Are you Jeanette: Repeat No. 1 “Has Anybody Here Seen Kelly”

Notes: Cues transcribed by James Doering

Source: Carl Braun Collection

SFSMA ID: AHt5GJ0Qgq

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