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Joseph Carl Breil (1870–1926)

Not only did Joseph compose music for movies, he was the first person to compose a score specifically for a motion picture - "Queen Elizabeth" in 1912. In addition to film music, Joseph composed for various operas - `Love Laughs at Locksmiths' 1910, `Prof. Tattle' 1913 and, `The Seventh Chord' 1913. Breil died from heart disease. See full bio »

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Known For

The Sable Lorcha
The Sable Lorcha Music Department
The Phantom of the Opera
The White Rose
The White Rose Composer
The Climax
The Climax Soundtrack


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 1938 Rawhide (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1936 The Old Corral (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1936 The Boss Rider of Gun Creek (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1936 Undersea Kingdom (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1936 The Cowboy and the Kid (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1936 The Mine with the Iron Door (composer: stock music - uncredited)
 1924 America (music arranger)
 1918 Carmen (music arranger: 1921 score - uncredited)
 1916 Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages (music arranger - uncredited)
 1916 The Wood Nymph (musical accompaniment arranger)
 1915 The Sable Lorcha (music arranger)
 1915 Martyrs of the Alamo (musical accompaniment arranger)
 1915 The Penitentes (musical accompaniment arranger)
 1915 The Lily and the Rose (music arranger)
 1915 The Lamb (music arranger and adapter)
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Other Works:

Joseph Carl Breil's Dramatic Music for Motion Picture Plays (Chappell Music, London). Composer's Foreword: "The object of this book is to assist directors of orchestras, pianists and organists in moving picture presentations to devise fitting music for their attractions. It is the result of several years experience at composing... See more »

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Alternate Names:

J.C. Breil | Joseph C. Breil | Joseph C. Briel

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He was the first composer to have a live chore accompany a film screening by singing in the lobby before the show. And he is the Great Uncle to Kimberly Gelvin-Wilks because he married her Great Aunt Dot who was a famous stylist for Lillian Gish and the like. See more »

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