[LAU] Soundtrack from recorded TV

Wolfgang Woehl tito at rumford.de
Sun Jan 27 13:32:32 EST 2008

Sonntag, 27. Januar 2008 Frank Barknecht:

> "Faust" is a silent movie so doesn't have a regular soundtrack at all.

Many movies from the silent era had original scores, sometimes more than one, 
and were premiered with orchestral accompaniment. Not one movie ever was 
shown silent, at least someone always played a klavier in the theatre. The 
notion of "silent movies" was unheard of :)

In the Faust case Werner Richard Heymann and Paul Hensel wrote different 
scores. Many original scores have been lost. People don't stop to write new 
music for silent movies though.

You're probably aware of this and of course you're right about the 
non-existing technical soundtracks in prints from the era and reproductions 
of these.

But there are lots of Hollywood studio re-releases of silent movies (all of 
Chaplin for example) with soundtracks, that sometimes even carry original 
music from the time.


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