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I have added some recordings to the Photoplay Music Starter Kit page. For musicians interested in trying compilation scoring, this is a collection of over 90 pieces, fully orchestrated, with which you can compile a score for almost any silent film.

The 2021 Silent Film Benefit Calendar has sold out! We raised $2420 for the Film Preservation Society.

Due to the COVID epidemic, Hank Troy, the Silent Cinema Trio, and members of the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra have met at Chautauqua Auditorium to record four performances in that historic space. We have added exclusive interviews as well, to put the films and music in context. Once you've bought the ticket, you have seven days to watch the program. Or, buy them in advance, and you can watch them in the seven days after the "premiere" date given below.

These four classic silent films are being released, one per week, starting November 13. Follow the Chautauqua link to buy tickets once the shows become "live." Descriptions at the schedule page.

KDFC Classical FM in San Francisco chose our album Entreaty as their "Album of the Week" for June 11, 2018!

Our most recent album! Mont Alto presents: Entreaty: Music of the Silent Cinema. Available for purchase(as a CD or a download) through CD Baby. This album features 24 tracks in a "romantic" mood, whether that love is passionate, innocent, desperate, or doomed. These tracks are excerpts from recent silent film scores, including The Blot, Children of Divorce, College, The Coward, Les Deux Timides, The Fall of Babylon, The Flying Ace, Mothers of Men, The Penalty, Ramona, The Silent Enemy, Timothy’s Quest, and People on Sunday.

Entreaty CD

Most of the music comes from libraries of music owned by silent film theater orchestras, and was published for film use.

Online album notes can be found here.

Beggars of Life Blu-Ray

Mont Alto's score for Beggars of Life was released from Kino-Lorber!

Beggars of Life DVD Cas

Here's an essay on the compilation score that we assembled for the film.

And here's a discussion of the mysterious lost "Beggars of Life" waltz.