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Vitaphone Prelude

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

A brief overview of the prehistory of sound film, from Thomas Edison through the work of Lee DeForest, noting that most of these early films were marked by musical performance. The origins of the ... More


The Sound Barrier

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

1928 was the year when sound film was genuinely established. As the early part-talking films were produced, the studios scramble to mount the sound-film bandwagon while audiences were compelled to ... More


That Moaning Saxophone: The Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze

Bruce Vermazen

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195372182
eISBN:
9780199864140
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372182.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This book is about the Six Brown Brothers, a musical act on the burlesque, vaudeville, minstrel, and Broadway stages (1911-33) that was once reputed to have initiated the “saxophone craze” of the ... More


Between Showings

Bruce Vermazen

in That Moaning Saxophone: The Six Brown Brothers and the Dawning of a Musical Craze

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195372182
eISBN:
9780199864140
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372182.003.0014
Subject:
Music, History, American

From May to September 1924, the Six Brown Brothers and Their Thirty-Piece Saxophone Band toured as a between-movies attraction in cinemas from the Midwest to the East Coast. Despite the attraction's ... More


Metropolitan Women: Geraldine Farrar and Marion Talley Silence Opera on Screen

Jennifer Fleeger

in Mismatched Women: The Siren's Song Through the Machine

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199936892
eISBN:
9780199389971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936892.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Making their screen debuts little more than a decade apart, Geraldine Farrar and Marion Talley, both singers with the Metropolitan Opera Company, reveal the degree to which changes in the cinematic ... More


Archiving America

Jennifer Fleeger

in Sounding American: Hollywood, Opera, and Jazz

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199366484
eISBN:
9780199366514
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199366484.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

The first chapter tells the story of Hollywood’s mobilization of the jazz-opera by examining film adaptations of two works: the 1892 opera I Pagliacci by Ruggiero Leoncavallo and “Yamekraw: A Negro ... More


“All Aboard!”: Soundies and Vitaphone Shorts

Emile Wennekes

in Watching Jazz: Encounters with Jazz Performance on Screen

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780199347650
eISBN:
9780199347698
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347650.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

Once technologies that could synchronize sound with moving images emerged in the early twentieth century, the film industry developed new formats to capitalize on them. This chapter investigates the ... More


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