Alexander Rannie composed tonight’s score to Trolley Troubles (1927). Rannie’s affinity for music and film goes back to his early childhood; he started playing the violin at the age of five and made his first stop-motion animated film when he was eight.
As a pianist, organist and harpist, Rannie has performed at the Pasadena Playhouse, LA’s Reprise Theatre Company, REDCAT, Steve Allen Theater, The Lab, Cavern Club, Disneyland, LACMA, UCLA, USC, Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles Theater, Hollywood Heritage Museum, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Orange County Performing Arts Center, York Theatre Company, Abrons Art Center, on numerous albums and film soundtracks, and live alongside such inimitable talents as Angela Lansbury, Carol Channing, Shirley Jones, Lorna Luft, Clay Aiken and matchless Glee pianist Brad Ellis. In addition, Rannie and his harp have accompanied performance artist Ann Magnuson in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Charleston, West Virginia.
Rannie has consulted on myriad projects for The Walt Disney Company, including the restoration of Fantasia ’s original Stokowski-Philadelphia Orchestra Fantasound soundtrack, and his interactive creations can be experienced at The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. Last May, Rannie produced the opening clip-reel, wrote program notes and curated an exhibit of rare musical artifacts for What’s Opera, Doc?–Animation and Classical Music for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in conjunction with Ring Festival LA.
Original compositions include chamber and vocal works, as well as music for The Ren & Stimpy Show, stop-motion animation studio Screen Novelties’ short film Monster Safari, currently in feature film development for The Jim Henson Company and scores of scores for silent movies, including 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1916) and George Méliès: First Wizard of Cinema (1896-1913). Rannie’s original score for Tol’able David (1921) will receive its world premiere this June as part of the Motion Picture Academy’s Summer of Silents.
Rannie first worked with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra in 2004 when Timothy Brock conducted Rannie’s reconstruction of the Carl Stalling score for the first Mickey Mouse cartoon, Plane Crazy, screened before Keaton’s Steamboat Bill, Jr. Just last year, Brock led a performance of Rannie’s original score to Disney’s Alice’s Wild West Show prior to the screening of Keaton’s The Cameraman.