Lecture 1 Notes
Lecture 1 Notes MUSIC 325
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Date Created: 09/08/16
Lecture 1 ● This course covers ○ Film History and Theory ○ Music History and Theory ○ History of Philosophy ○ Aesthetics ○ Political Theory ○ Psychology ○ Film and Audio Production Techniques ○ Electroacoustic Composition ○ Etc. ● What do you know about a piece of music just by listening to it? ○ Who was it written for? ○ How was it used? ○ What sort of events might have been associated with it? ○ How do you know this? ○ What connotations does it have for us today? ○ How has our understanding about this piece changed from when it was written, and why? ● Rhythm vs. Meter (meter is the foot, rhythm is the tempo of the melody) ● Programmatic Music (Musical Narratology) ○ Only becomes a distinct genre with the advent of purely instrumental music because prior to the 19th century the dominant paradigm was vocal music, which has extramusical content by necessity. ■ E.g. Beethoven Symph 6, Storm Scene ● Primary technique in film music: musical topic ○ e.g. hunting horns ■ Horns in a baroque piece (Handel, Water Music) ■ “Horn calls” in a piano piece (Schubert, Der Lindenbaum) ■ What does the “horn call” in Star Wars signify? ● Motives are short, consistently recurring musical phrases or events that help to organize a piece e.g. Beethoven, Symph V ● Motivic organicism: ○ Motives are short, consistently recurring musical phrases or events that help to organize a piece ○ Paradigm of processive growth from a central/irreducible idea ○ Continuity is key ○ Not surprisingly music has traditionally been used in cinema as a continuity device (bridging scenes/shots, continuity between title and opening scenes, closing scenes and credits, etc.) ● Primary technique in film music: Leitmotiv ○ Motives that are associated with certain ideas/characters Music in Cin ema (MUSIC 325), Summer 2016 1
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