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Week 2 notes

by: Keisha Vandevelde

Week 2 notes MUS 468

Keisha Vandevelde
Long Beach State
GPA 3.4

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Music and Film
Dr. Roger Hickman
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Keisha Vandevelde on Sunday September 4, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to MUS 468 at California State University - Long Beach taught by Dr. Roger Hickman in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 6 views. For similar materials see Music and Film in Music at California State University - Long Beach.


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Date Created: 09/04/16
08/30/2016 Hollywood Musicals - Source o Broadway; musical comedies o Newly created - Common Elements o Romance o One or more characters are performers o Opening credits: medley Songs - Role of songs (source music) o Reflection of a character’s emotions o Can interrupt or forward plot o Lyrics and musical mood are important - Basic structure of American pop songs o Instrumental introduction o Verse: like a vocal introduction o Chorus: memorable melody (most often aaba) o Break (instrumental/dance) o Chorus (often only ba) Singin’ in the Rain - Features Gene Kelly, Donald O’Conner, and newcomer Debbie Reynolds - Set in Hollywood’s transition to sound - Virtually all songs composed in 1920-30s - Music composers o Nacio Herb Brown – songs o Lennie Hayton – underscoring 09/01/2016 Silent Film 1895 - 1985 marks the official birth of film - Music was present at the birth o Thomas Edison, U.S. o Lumiere brothers, France - Important forerunner: Eadweard Muybirdge o Famous photographer of the West o Developed shutter for camera, could capture motion Thomas Edison - America’s greatest inventor o Asked Muybridge to work together; declined o Wanted moving pictures to accompany music from his phonograph - Moving Picture Inventions o Kinetoscope o Kinetophone - W.K.L. Dickson o Created short films for Edison o Most without music, some with Lumiere Brothers - Developed portable camera/projector: Cinematographe o Camera could be carried outdoors o Films shown to paying audience on December 28, 1895 in Paris – official birth of film o Pianist accompanied films; later orchestra Edwin Porter - Early American director - The Great Train Robbery (1903) o “First” American narrative o Western, but based on current events o Both indoor and outdoor scenes o Camera pans in several scenes o Discontinues story telling o Dance scene; future cliché Music in the Silent Era - What instruments? o Smaller venues with piano o Later, a theater organ developed o Chamber groups in moderate size theaters o Full orchestras in movie palaces - What music? o Borrowed from classics o Arranged well-known melodies o Created something new (perhaps improvised) The Birth of a Nation - Director: D.W. Griffith - Composer: Joseph Carl Breil - First masterpiece in film o Noted for length o Exploration of cinematography techniques o Brilliant use of film to further the plot o Film score created specifically for this film - Flaw: racist Music for Birth of a Nation - Uses all three types o Adaptations o Arrangements o New - Within new music: leitmotifs o Themes that represent aspect of the story o Themes can be altered to reflect changes in story Battleship Potemkin - Lenin had film directors study D.W. Friggityh’s Intolerance - Sergei Eisenstein is foremost director o Master of montage o Masterpiece is Battleship Potemkin - Music by Meisel was considered too powerful for audience – thought to incite rebellion Metropolis (1927) - Product of German Expressionism - Director: Fritz Lang - Composer: Gottfried Huppertz - Sci Fi vision of the future o Christian and socialist issues explored o Rich live o ground, decadent; poor work underground o Leader of rich, Joh; son Freder falls in love with Maria o False Maria created to destroy rebellious Christian thoughts o Music includes leitmotifs and quotation of Dies irae


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