Music of the Bach Sons Accompanies a 1921 Silent Film

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The Cornell University Music Department and Cornell Cinema presents the 1921 silent film of Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’, with the title role played by then-superstar Asta Neilsen. Organist Dennis James joins us to talk about how he created the score out of music by three of Johann Sebastian Bach’s sons, Carl Phillip Emanuel, Johann Christian, and Wilhelm Friedemann. http://wskg.org/audio/hamletjames.mp3

 

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'Peter Pan' Flies into the Forum

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The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents the 1924 silent film ‘Peter Pan’ with organ accompaniment by Jim Ford.  He joins us to talk about the film which at that time had ground-breaking special effects and input from James Barrie himself. Jim Ford provides the musical special effects. http://wskg.org/audio/peterpan.mp3

 

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The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society Presents 'Chicago'

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The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents the Cecil B. DeMille 1927 silent film classic ‘Chicago’ with original music performed by Jim Ford on the 1922 Robert-Morton Theatre Organ in the Forum in downtown Binghamton.  This naughty pre-Hayes Code comedy was thought lost, but a print was recovered and restored. http://wskg.org/audio/1216chicago.mp3

 

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Theatre Organist Jim Ford Accompanies ‘The Phantom of the Opera’

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The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents a reconstructed version of the 1929 silent film ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.  Different versions were made in the 1920s and subsequently were lost or destroyed.  This “new” version has been assembled into the the version that audiences would have flocked to in 1929. Organist Jim Ford accompanies the film with his own improvisations. http://wskg.org/audio/1021BTOS.mp3

 

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Theatre Organist Jim Ford Accompanies 'The Phantom of the Opera'

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The Binghamton Theatre Organ Society presents a reconstructed version of the 1929 silent film ‘The Phantom of the Opera’.  Different versions were made in the 1920s and subsequently were lost or destroyed.  This “new” version has been assembled into the the version that audiences would have flocked to in 1929. Organist Jim Ford accompanies the film with his own improvisations. http://wskg.org/audio/1021BTOS.mp3

 

Photo credit: kndynt2009 via Flickr