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State Theatre collection of scores and parts for cinema use [ca. 1900-ca. 1950] [music]
Bib ID 1447854
Format MusicMusic, OnlineOnline
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Access Conditions Available for reference. Not available for loan. 
Description [ca. 1900-ca. 1950] 
72 m. 
Summary

This collection consists of published orchestrations, band arrangements and instrumental music, most of it composed or arranged to accompany silent movies. The music is from the State Theatre's lending collection and was used in their theatre in Sydney and by other film distribution companies throughout Australia, predominantly in the period 1900-1930s. The music in this collection often carries the name-stamps of these companies and this charts the evolution of these music collections within Australia. The collection also includes music up to the 1950s that was performed by the State Theatre orchestra and sometimes associated with 'talking pictures'. Some of the scores and parts include performance annotations and historical information. The collection includes some original Australian material. Some of the music in this collection is associated with the noted Cinesound musical director Hamilton Webber. Manuscript scores and parts for at least two Cinesound features, Orphan of the wilderness and Lovers and luggers, are included in the collection.

Notes

Also available online http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-172084509

Source of Acquisition The collection of scores and parts represents the amalgamated library of early film distribution companies in Australia which the National Library of Australia acquired from the State Theatre, Sydney, in the late 1970s. The companies include Wests Pictures, Spencers' Theatrescope, Union Theatres, the Haymarket Theatre and the Film House Library. 
Subjects Instrumental music -- Scores and parts.  |  Silent film music.  |  Dramatic music.
Other authors/contributors State Theatre (Sydney, N.S.W.), Collector

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