Silent Film Score

"Silent film score" music refers to the music that was composed and performed to accompany silent films during the era when films had no synchronized sound. This music was typically played live by a pianist or small ensemble in the theater as the film was being screened, and it was intended to enhance the emotional impact of the visual images on screen. Silent film scores could range from simple improvisations to elaborate compositions, and they often included a mix of popular songs, classical music, and original pieces specifically written for the film. Some silent films also used pre-recorded music tracks or cue sheets which provide the specific music for each scene of the film. Silent film scores are an important part of the history of film and music.

Free Silent Film Score music

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Ascending and descending chromatic scales gives this piece an air of mischief; perfectly suited for a cartoon. It has moments of tenuous fluidity, rapid motion, and a touch of suspense, making it perfect for the classic scene where the hero is sneaking past the sleeping giant.
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Super jaunty quick tune with 3 distinct parts. The main theme starts in the beginning, Super syncopated theme starts at about a minute in, and the industrial comedy theme starts at 1:30 or so. You can <A HREF="">download the full uncompressed version AND the electronic version AND the record-player version...
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The melody for this piece is in the bass keys, while the high notes play a headache-splitting constant rhythm. At the one-minute mark the high-pitched notes drop several octaves to play a crunched staccato before returning to the previous theme. The last thirty seconds feature drawn out chords, and the...
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Mysterious piano Impromptu.
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Tuba carries the character of the piece.
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This is a big mesmerizing cinematic orchestral soundtrack.
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Most famously used in the film "Hugo".
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Background horror music. Solo midrange piano. Easy to loop!
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Clean version of this piece. 2 sections; one choppy, and one smooth. (see also distressed)
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Diverse adventure orchestral composition with elements of ethnic and jazz style.
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Comedic and playful, this rag-time ditty has a strong melody, and is heavy in the bass chords. The second minute features flighty finger-work, as if an energetic bee is flying up and down the scales. The last thirty seconds is a refrain of the introduction, and the piece ends with...
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General-purpose upbeat piece which can be used in general dialog.
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Hijinks, antics, shenanigan, tomfoolery! We got it all here for you! Solo out of tune piano for all of your slapstick needs! Sheet music available (More button). You can <A HREF="">download this piece with all the parts plus bonus record-destressed version plus a normal piano - and all of these...
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The classic ragtime ditty of Scott Joplin, perfect for a silent film of whimsy and humor. The piece begins with a short intro, then plays the bouncy rhythm of with a bright plodding beat. At the end of the third minute, the pace quickens, and leads into a darker refrain,...
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Lively yet quiet barroom-style ditty.