Dennis James (born 1950) is an American musician and historic preservationist who played a pivotal role in the international revival of silent films as presented with period-authentic live music, he presented historically informed live accompaniments for silent films, with piano, theatre organ, chamber ensemble and full symphony orchestras, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and overseas.
James has also become active in the preservation and restoration of other historic instruments such as the French Cristal Baschet and Ondas Martenet plus has begun performing early syncopated jazz and mid-century modern styled period-piano repertoire within a multitude of other specialist musical activities considered of marginal cultural impact and subject to the periodic whims of amateurs and enthusiasts.
Dennis James, organ
Organist Dennis James provides a chilling soundtrack for the silent-film classic, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” The 1923 film, based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel of the same name, is known for the grand sets that recall 15th century Paris as well as for Lon Chaney’s performance and make-up as the tortured hunchback Quasimodo, the deaf, half-blind, hunchbacked bellringer of the famous Cathedral of Notre Dame.
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