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Brief history of film music
Greek Melodramas spoken word is accompanied by music Music used to accent the drama No real singing
Opera Singing with lyrics Choruses Music highlights the drama or comedy
Wagner operas Extremes of emotion Leitmotifs that follow characters and ideas meant to evoke associations with an idea, character, or place Considered it a total work of art, or Gesamtkunstwerk, in which drama, music, dance, etc. was more than the sum of its parts
Music and film December 28, 1895 Lumière brothers piano accompaniment Reason: to cover up the sound of a noisy projector to alleviate uncomfortable darkness not intended to affect the films emotional import
Theme books First attempts to associate on screen action with the music themes were categorized by general names such as Nature, Nation and Society, and Church and State, as well as more specific ones, like Happy, Climbing, Night: threatening mood, and Impending doom: something is going to happen. Motion Picture Moods
Soundies The Jazz Singer, the first movie with talking sequences, ushered in the era of talkies in 1927 By the 1930s, producers and directors felt that there should be some logical reason for music appearing in a film. Occasionally ruined the intended effect of the music by providing ludicrously comedic situations that destroyed the mood of the film. a shepherd might be seen herding his sheep and playing his flute, to the accompaniment of a fifty- piece orchestra.
Music or no music Film directors had two choices during this period: use music constantly in the background, as in the continuous operas and silent films, or not at all. Since scoring a film during this period necessitated a great amount of music, it was unheard of for one person to compose the entire score for a movie. Instead, people would collaborate
Lots of music film composers began to rely on a large number of habits, formulas, and clichés... [including] the brass-blasting Main Title But some composers held out for originality Most early film composers of this type were brought from Europe The classical music tradition begin this way.