I think it’s time to offer up some love for the hardworking accompanists who pour their hearts into making silent films sound as good as they look. I want you to share some of your favorite scores, live or recorded, and tell us why they’re so wonderful.
Obviously, everyone has an opinion on music and we may not all agree but this is all about positivity and celebration. Don’t bash anyone else’s choices and don’t be shy about pouring on praise!
I personally swoon over Robert Israel’s orchestra score for Judex, a gloriously strutting score for a stylish musical. And Neil Brand’s theremin-infused music for The Cat and the Canary— yes, please! I don’t mean to toot my own horn but when I heard Ben Model’s score for my release of Kidnapped, well, I did actually shriek with excitement a little. And Philip Carli’s live score for Mare Nostrum was something, let me tell you! And the Carl Davis score for the 1925 Ben-Hur is the finest Ben-Hur music there ever was and I do not make the statement lightly.
I know I am missing a TON of favorites but what about you?
Please share your score picks! They can be authentic or modern, played on any instrument you like. Let’s show some musical love.