There is very little hard evidence of what it was like to see a silent film with live music in the teens and twenties.
experience of one cinema would be very different to that of another, particularly
since an ensemble could range from one to fifteen players.
The Originals brings together articles, diaries and eye witness
accounts which I have collected over the years, to try and give at least a feel
of what it was like to hear and play music for silent film, during the pre-sound
This site will be added to from time to time and it is hoped will make some unique
material available for the first time, to shine a light on the most neglected of
all art forms.
The images and articles on these pages are free to use, but please acknowledge their
use, and this website, in any republication.