Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra


The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.

Reviving the art of silent film music since 1994.

"Mont Alto is the finest silent movie musical group around today."

--John Sinnott,

Let the Music do the Talking.

Next Events: Mont Alto is performind our new score for the long-lost 1928 version of Ramona several times in October, then heading out on the TCM Classic Movies Cruise. See our Schedule page.

Rodney Sauer (Mont Alto's director) had a short quote on National Public Radio on June 29, and a more detailed interview on the Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC on June 28. We also performed live on Chicago Public Radio WBEZ's Afternoon Shift.

Mont Alto recorded scores for two extras on the Cohen Collection Blu-Ray of Intolerance (1916), Griffith's epic film that interweaves four stories from history. Griffith excerpted two of the stories and added footage to them as stand-alone releases:

The Mother and the Law (1919). Mae Marsh is a young woman who moves to the city after her factory is closed during a strike. Her impoverished life is brightened by love and her faith, but she runs afoul of moralistic do-gooders who arrest her husband and take her child.

Two score excerpts: Prayer, by Camille Saint-Saƫns, and Love Song by Homer Barlett.

The Fall of Babylon (1919). The reign of Belshazzar and his Princess Beloved is threatened by the armies of the Persian emporer Cyrus. Huge sets, elaborate costumes, and a full-scale assault on Babylon's 100-foot walls were a spectacle on a scale previously unseen on film.

Score excerpt: By the Fountain (from Three Arabian Dances by Montague Ring) and Azora: Prelude to Act II (by Henry Hadley).

Our summer project was an amazing seven-hour crime serial from France, Les Vampires, which has just been released on DVD and Blu-Ray from Kino . Here's an excerpt from our score, Danse Exotique (movement 3 from "At the Bal Masqué") by the American composer Wilson G. Smith.

Our CD, Passion, Betrayal, and Redemption, is now shipping! See details on our Recordings page.

Mont Alto's private reserve DVD of The Mark of Zorro, has received some great reviews! Details and sample audio files on our Recordings page. Read original reviews at DigitallyObsessed and at Also available, our DVD of Buster Keaton's The General.


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