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Music for Silent Film: A Guide to Resources at the Library of Congress

Instructional Books

Several publishers and individuals created how-to guides for silent film accompaniment. The earliest instructional book in the Music Division's collections comes from 1913, What and How to Play for Pictures. As the film industry exploded in the 1910s, many more guides were published and marketed to professionals and amateurs alike. Browse the call number MT737 for a more complete listing.

Notable Examples

The following titles offer a representative sample and link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available.