True Heart Susie

This is the cue sheet for our score to True Heart Susie, as commissioned by David Shepard and released by Image Entertainment. The score was compiled by Rodney Sauer. All of the pieces are in the public domain, but the compilation, the modifications to fit the film, and the recorded performances are copyright Mont Alto, ©2007.

We hope that making cue sheets for our silent film scores makes it easy for viewers to discover the names and composers of pieces that catch their attention, or to find pieces by photoplay music composers in whom they are interested.

For True Heart Susie, I approached the film as a timeless rural romance that is upset by cutting-edge popular culture. I had recently obtained several suites of music by the American composer Henry Hadley, and I made these the core of the score.

Much of the music comes from Henry Hadley’s ten-part Ballet of the Flowers, including Red Rose (which opens the picture), Violets, Heather, Marguerites, and for the sadder scenes, Lily of the Valley and Gardenia. Several cues come from his Silhouettes suite, which are based on nationalities; we used American, French (for school and church scenes), and Italian (for the student fist-fight).

The “little milliner from Chicago” brings dance music from the city, including Teasing the Cat by Charles Johnson; Old Man Jazz by Gene Quaw, and Ja-Da! by Bob Carleton.

 The French composer Irénée Bergé contributes the beautifully hesitant love theme Serenade Lointaine, English cellist Otto Langey supplied the Storm Music, and J.S. Zamecnik, an American student of Dvorak who wrote under several pseudonyms, gave us Legend of a Rose for another love theme and the delightfully overwrought parlor song I Gathered a Rose for the organ recital.

True Heart Susie

“True Heart Susie”
“Red Rose” from Ballet of the Flowers by Henry Hadley, 1920.

“At the School House”
“French” from Silhouettes by Henry Hadley, 1919.

“Susie, like the girl…”
Legend of a Rose by Jules Reynard (pseudonym of J.S. Zamecnik), 1915.

“Susie manages to be along…”
“Marguerites” from Ballet of the Flowers by Henry Hadley, 1920

Blackout after car drives away.
Serenade Lointaine by Irénée Bergé, 1920.

Susie, man, and cow.
Legend of a Rose by Jules Reynard (pseudonym of J.S. Zamecnik), 1915.

William runs out door
“Heather” from Ballet of the Flowers by Henry Hadley, 1920.

“William, working to…”
Dance of the Debutantes by Otto Langey, 1918.

Boys in field
“Italian” from Silhouettes by Henry Hadley, 1919.

Boys wave caps
Dance of the Debutantes by Otto Langey, 1918.

Susie by ice cream sign.
“Violets” from Ballet of the Flowers by Henry Hadley, 1920.

“The little milliner from Chicago…”
Teasing the Cat by Chas. L. Johnson, 1916.

Bettina by the punch bowl
Old Man Jazz by Gene Quaw, 1920.

Forest
“French” from Silhouettes by Henry Hadley, 1919.

“We were just going…”
“Jasmine” from Ballet of the Flowers by Henry Hadley, 1920.

“Susie wants new clothes…”
“Red Rose” from Ballet of the Flowers by Henry Hadley, 1920.

“Susie preparing…”
“American” from Silhouettes by Henry Hadley, 1919.

Cut to Susie
“Lily of the Valley” from Ballet of the Flowers by Henry Hadley, 1920.

“No, Sporty, I can’t”
“Jasmine” from Ballet of the Flowers by Henry Hadley, 1920.

Susie sees couple
“Gardenia” from Ballet of the Flowers by Henry Hadley, 1920.

Organ concert
I Gathered a Rose by Dorothy Lee (pseudonym of J.S. Zamecnik)

“The merry wedding bells.”
Simple Aveu by Fr. Thomé, 1909.

“Some time afterwards …”
Elegie by S. Barmotine, 1918. 

“Sporty and company…”
Teasing the Cat by Chas. L. Johnson, 1916.

Garden hedge.
“Red Rose” from Ballet of the Flowers by Henry Hadley, 1920.

Dancers
Old Man Jazz by Gene Quaw, 1920.

Cut to William.
“Lily of the Valley” from Ballet of the Flowers by Henry Hadley, 1920.

Bettina starts up stairs
Chant D’Automne from The Seasons by P. Tschaikowsky, 1909.

Car stops
Ja-Da! by Bob Carleton, 1918.

William re-enters bedroom.
“Gardenia” from Ballet of the Flowers by Henry Hadley, 1920.

“Caught in the rain storm.”
Storm Music by Otto Langey, 1918.

“But True Heart Susie…”
Dramatic Andante No. 39 by Irénée Bergé.

“Susie would never…”
Legend of a Rose by Jules Reynard (pseudonym of J.S. Zamecnik), 1915.

Susie drops watering can
Serenade Lointaine by Irénée Bergé, 1920.

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