Theatre organists

Watch these to get a visual & audio image of what silent films were like. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Gaylord Carter’s Final Performance, Oakland, CA (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Be sure to read the article posted on Canvas to answer these questions.
(1) What was the “king of cinema organs?”

(2) Briefly describe the “unit orchestra.”

(3) Would the organ play along with the orchestra in the theater? Y/N

(4) What piece of music did Paul Whiteman introduce?

(5) What was another name for a scorer?

(6) What would organists use in place of a score?

(7) At what speeds (i.e. fps) were silent films?

(8) Wagner’s “ ____ ______ ___ ____ ______________.”

(9) “Sound Films Drive Organists From the Theaters. ___________ _______________.”

(10) Describe a “fotoplayer.”

(11) Outside of L.A., throughout the country most theaters had a pianist, organist, or a combo. Define combo. How many instruments were in a combo? List the instruments found in a combo.

(12) How many theaters in L.A. during the 1920’s had 38 piece orchestras?





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