Now your ensemble can take part in the fun, excitement, and pure joy of performing live music with silent film!  Live music to accompany film is rapidly becoming a favorite addition to programs from major symphony orchestras to school ensembles.  Now, a select number of acclaimed composer Andrew E. Simpson’s silent film scores are available for rental and performance, with the film, by professional and amateur ensembles!

 

Films with live music are perfect at any time of year, from concerts during the regular season to summer concerts, indoor or outdoor!

 

One of America’s foremost silent film musicians, Andrew E. Simpson’s film scores are entirely new compositions, carefully composed and expressly designed for the films they accompany.  This ensures that the audience experiences a seamless blend of music and image, a factor which makes both more enjoyable.

 

The silent film scores are scaled to be playable by student groups as well as professional ensembles.

 

Chamber ensemble scores can be performed by a flexible number of players.  Woodwind players can double on numerous instruments, or the instrumental parts can be assigned to any number of individual players or sections.

 

Each score contains printed verbal cues throughout to assist the conductor in synchronizing the score with the film as the piece progresses.  An optional click track is available for conductors or performers who want technological assistance for rehearsal and/or performances.

 

WHAT’S SPECIAL ABOUT FILM AND LIVE MUSIC

Playing live music in synchronization with film is enjoyable for professionals and an adventure for students (advanced high school and college players), many of whom have never previously seen or experienced silent film. 

 

Silent film is an excellent educational experience for students learning to follow a conductor closely while being ready to adjust tempo very quickly.

 

Conductors embrace the challenge of being rock-steady with tempo and flexible enough to adjust tempo on the turn of a dime.

 

Audiences usually consider films with live music to be the most enjoyable and memorable part of an ensemble’s program.

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED

The rental package for silent short film scores includes:

1. Full score marked with verbal cues and parts (delivered in hard-copy or electronic format)
2. Rehearsal DVD or digital file of the film with recorded soundtrack
3. Optional audio click track for perfect synch in performance
4. Projection DVD/digital file for rehearsal and performance
5. License to project film and perform live music (no additional cost for rights to project films)
6. Information about the film (date, cast and crew, plot synopsis, and publicity highlight points to aid promotion)

 

Contact the composer at info@andrewesimpson.com for information about pricing; licensing fees vary depending upon size of ensemble and number of performances.

 

The composer is also available for guest conducting or educational/outreach in-person appearances.  One funding source is New Music USA’s Music Alive program, which funds guest composer travel and outreach activities.

 

To learn more, or for general questions, please contact Andrew Simpson.

 
SILENT SHORT FILM SCORES FOR RENTAL

One Week
(symphony orchestra, 22 min.), starring Buster Keaton
Instrumentation: 2 2 2 2 4 3 3 1 timp 3 pno st
Synopsis: A newlywed couple encounters a host of problems assembling their wedding present - a new house.

 

Watch and listen to a sample!

 

Building the House

 

Storm

 

Train Hit

 

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LUCKY STARS
(chamber ensemble, 21 min.), starring Harry Langdon
Instrumentation: E-flat clar, 2 B-flat clars, bass clar*, contrabass clar, violin, percussion, piano (and synthesizer) *Clarinet parts allow for doubling between B-flat and bass clar and B-flat and E-flat.
Synopsis: An earnest young dreamer seeking his fortune falls under the spell of a travelling medicine-show huckster.

 

Watch and listen to a sample!

 

 

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PICKING PEACHES
(chamber ensemble, 21 min.), starring Harry Langdon
Instrumentation: B-flat clar, piano, drum set, optional string bass, optional guitar
Synopsis: A young husband with a roving eye finds himself in hot water.

 

Watch and listen to a sample!

 

 

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HIS NEW MAMA
(chamber ensemble, 20 min.), starring Harry Langdon
Instrumentation: B-flat clar, piano, drum set, optional string bass, optional guitar
Synopsis: Harry foils a gold-digger’s designs on his dad.
Digital video files courtesy of All Day Entertainment.

 

Watch and listen to a sample!

 

 

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TOO MANY MAMMAS
(chamber ensemble, 9 min.), starring Charley Chase
Instrumentation: B-flat clar, alto sax, tnr sax, bari sax, B-flat trumpet, drum set and percussion, banjo (optional), piano
Synopsis: Charley breaks his date to be alibi for his boss’ extramarital rendezvous, but the plan unravels as surprise guests show up.

 

Watch and listen to a sample!

 

 

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PEANUTS AND BULLETS
(chamber ensemble, 12 min.), starring Charley Chase
Chamber ensemble instrumentation: B-flat clar, alto sax, bass clar, optional contra-alto clar, percussion (1-2 players), accordion (optional), piano
Synopsis: A young man gets into trouble with his landlord and the cops, with a classic chase scene at the end.

 

Watch and listen to a sample!

 

An Idea for Lunch

 

March

 

Chase

 

Orchestral and chamber instrumental scores available for rental from Andrew E. Simpson Music.
Films and digital video files available by arrangement with All Day Entertainment, David Kalat.
One Week (PD) available by arrangement with Andrew E. Simpson.

 

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SILENT FEATURE FILM SCORES FOR RENTAL

THE GENERAL (2014) 78 minutes
Orchestral score to accompany the 1926 silent film starring Buster Keaton
Instrumental ensemble: 1(dbl pc) 01 (dbl bs cl) 1 0110 1 perc vn I vn I va vc cb
Synopsis: Southern engineer Johnnie Gray's locomotive, "General," is stolen by Union spies during the Civil War. Johnnie pursues the thieves and becomes a hero in the process.

The score for THE GENERAL is designed to synchronize with specific 35mm and digital versions of the film. Please contact Andrew E. Simpson (info@andrewesimpson.com) for more detailed information. The renting ensemble is responsible for securing screening rights for THE GENERAL.

Listen to a sample!

 

Main Title

 

 

Annabelle Shuns Buster

 

 

Final Battle

 

 

Indiana University Sinfonietta, Andrew Simpson, conductor

 

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THE WIND (2011-12) 73 minutes
Choral and instrumental score to accompany the 1928 silent film starring Lillian Gish
Version 1: SATB chorus, Instrumental ensemble: 1010 0000 1 perc theater org vn I vn II va vc db
Version 2: SATB chorus, theater org, 1 perc SATB chorus (2014)
Version 3: Theater org, 1 perc (2015)
Synopsis: Virginia belle Lettie Mason is forced to move to the desolate country of West Texas, where the ceaseless wind drives her slowly towards madness.

The score for THE WIND is designed to synchronize with specific versions of the film, which is not commercially available on DVD. Please contact Andrew E. Simpson (info@andrewesimpson.com) for more detailed information about suitable formats. The renting ensemble is responsible for securing screening rights for THE WIND.

 

Opening

 

 

Competing for Lettie

 

 

Tornado

 

 

Muralla

 

 

Whistling Chorus

 

 

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

The rental package for silent feature film scores includes:

1. Full score marked with verbal cues and parts (delivered in hard-copy or electronic format)
2. Digital rehearsal file (low-res, watermarked) of the film with recorded MIDI soundtrack (private video, password-protected)
3. Optional audio click track for perfect synch in performance
4. Information about film formats and projection speed suitable to sychronization of music and film
5. Licensing contact information for film (Note: Obtaining screening rights is the responsibility of the performing ensemble)
6. Information about the film (date, cast and crew, plot synopsis, and publicity highlight points to aid promotion)

 

Contact the composer at info@andrewesimpson.com for information about pricing; licensing fees vary depending upon size of ensemble and number of performances.

 

The composer is also available for guest conducting or educational/outreach in-person appearances.  One funding source is New Music USA’s Music Alive program, which funds guest composer travel and outreach activities.

 

To learn more, or for general questions, please contact Andrew Simpson.