Hank Troy | Never Really Silent

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Never Really Silent

by Hank Troy

Improvised piano solo accompaniment for 1920's silent films, recorded live at Colorado Chautauqua.
Genre: Jazz: Ragtime
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Pianist Hank Troy began playing for silent films in 1971 in Denver, Colorado. With years of piano lessons behind him, he brought to this new endeavor a background in the classics, ragtime, pop and jazz. He developed a largely improvisational style which is featured on this album.
"Never Really Silent" offers edited versions of his accompaniment for four silent films shown at Colorado Chautauqua auditorium during the summer of 2003. Each film actually runs about 1 1/2 hours -- so what you hear on this CD is about an hour of music -- 15 minutes distilled from each of those films.
Audiences at Chautauqua, located in the foothills west of Boulder, Colorado, are transported back into time when they enter the 100+ year old auditorium. They are then transported back to the 'teens and '20s when they come for silent film night.
Hank Troy's film accompaniments and introductions to the films have been a regular feature of Chautauqua's summer schedule for over 18 years. A loyal audience of regulars plus many summer visitors enjoy this delightful experience of wonderful film and live music.
"Never Really Silent" takes you on a musical journey into your own imagination. You will hear music for delightful waltzes, furious chases, antic comedy and gripping drama. Order yours today!


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Jeff Brent

Hank Troy captures the essence of a bygone era.
The art of playing background piano for silent movies is by and large a lost skill.

Or it would be if it weren't for dedicated individuals like Hank Troy whose love for the movies themselves and insight into that era bring the past vividly alive.

Who were these pianists that played in movie houses around the globe before the advent of the "talkies"?

Consummate Classically trained professionals who found work improvising "soundtracks" for Sunday matinees? Wild Ragtime pianists picking up a little cash on the side in between raucous late night bar room gigs? Old timey bluesmen just trying to make ends meet?

Mr Troy gives the impression that he is all of these people wrapped up into one. His shifting moods at the scene changes are seamless. His improvisations are stunningly lyrical yet always remain completely within the genre.

These recordings leave a legacy that will hopefully provide inspiration for generations to come. Through the likes of artists of the caliber of Hank Troy, we can envision that the art of playing piano for silent movies will live forever.