Restoring Original Orchestrations for Silent (?) Film: A Crack in the Wall of the Skeptics
Noted musicologist and orchestra conductor Gillian B. Anderson discusses several misconceptions surrounding the term “silent cinema”—in fact, films were never silent. Anderson has spent many years restoring the original orchestral scores that were written to accompany pre-1929 classic films. She has conducted these scores with their films at concert halls, film festivals, museums, and other venues around the world. Several of her reconstructed scores are available on DVD. Her publications include Music for Silent Films 1894-1929: A Guide and Composing for the Cinema: The Theory and Praxis of Music in Film by Ennio Morricone and Sergio Miceli, for which she served as translator. She is the co-editor of the online journal, Music and the Moving Image.