Mus468 Essay

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Short Essays

1) Describe the three basic types of music heard in original scores during the silent film era and cites specific examples from The Birth of a Nation. (10 points) There are three basic types of music heard in The Birth of a Nation. Each type serves it’s own purpose in the film. The first is adaptations of classical works. These adaptations are extended versions of the original classical piece of work. These adaptations are used for extensive action scenes. For example, Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyrie is the leitmotif for the Klu Klux Klan in the movie. The second type is arrangements of well-known melodies. These well-known melodies are used for emotional appeal. For example, “Dixie”, a very popular song of the South, is
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The tune “Die Wacht am Thein” is used by German soldiers. The tune, “Marseillaise,” is used by Victor Laszlo to express patriotism for France.

3) The music for Gone with the Wind is the paradigm of the Classic Hollywood film score, and the music for Citizen Kane represents, like the film as a whole, a departure. Describe the basic characteristics of the Classic Hollywood film score using Gone with the Wind and other films from this period (1933-43) for examples. Then discuss the new qualities found in the music for Citizen Kane. (20 points) Hollywood entered a second Golden Age during the mid-1930’s and early 40’s. Many action, drama, and horror films had general characteristics that were specific to this time. It was during this time that director’s increased the amount of underscoring in films. Other characteristics of the classical film score include an extensive use of music, exploitation of the full range of orchestral colors, reliance upon the melody-dominated postromantic style, establishment of the principal themes and moods during the opening title and credits, musical support for dramatic moods, settings, characters, and action, frequent borrowing of familiar melodies, and unity through leitmotifs and thematic transformation. Films that provide prefect examples of Classic Hollywood film score include Gone with the Wind, Mutiny on the Bounty, The Informer, and The Bride of Frankenstein. Max Steiner is the composer

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