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.

The 2017 Silent Film Calendar is available! Visit the Calendar Page for orders and more details.

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Next Events:

Rodney joins members of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in Vancouver Washington for three short comedies on March 19! See our Schedule Page for more information.

Here are a couple of samples from our recordings for the upcoming release of Ramona, through Timeline Films. I arranged the opening fanfare from a few surviving pages of themes by Hugo Riesenfeld. He wrote these pieces for the theatrical prologue that was performed onstage at the Los Angeles premiere. (The fanfare is followed by a bit of Gaston Borch's "Apparitions," which we use for a home-and-stabiliity theme at several points in the score.)

And here is a "Serenata" by Valentina Crespi, used for several Romantic sequences in Ramona. Crespi was a violinist from Milan who toured the U.S. several times in the teens and twenties, and had about four pieces published as "photoplay music."

Mont Alto has recorded a series of scores for the recent Kino-Lorber release of Buster Keaton Short Films. Here's a nice waltz, Minnie T. Wright's The Faun, from our score to The Garage; Pierette, from The Scarecrow; and a Misterioso Fantastique by Irenee Berge from Neighbors.

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 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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