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The Sounds of the Silents in Britain$
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Julie Brown and Annette Davison

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199797615

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797615.001.0001

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“The efforts of the wretched pianist:”

“The efforts of the wretched pianist:”

Learning to Play to the Pictures in Britain, 1911–1913

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(p.126) 7 “The efforts of the wretched pianist:”
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The Sounds of the Silents in Britain
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Andrew Higson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797615.003.0008

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

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