Thursday, June 25, 2009

Rapee's Encyclopedia

Excerpts from Erno Rapee's Encyclopedia of Music for Pictures (1925).

Rapee was one of the most influential music directors in the New York picture palaces in the 1920s. He published two practical books on the subject, one meant for pianists and organists (Motion Picture Moods (1924)) and one for theater music directors (orchestra leaders), the Encyclopedia. I have posted the text of his long introduction to the Encyclopedia, a complete list of the topic categories (types of music, such as "mysterious" or "Oriental"), scanned graphics of pages for the entry "Agitato," and a text file with the works listed under "Love Themes."

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