Time: Wednesday 4:00pm-6:30pm
Location: Mus 272
Since its invention in the late nineteenth century, film has become one of the most dominant commercial and artistic forms of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries— creating, defining, reflecting, influencing, and critiquing modern culture—and from almost its inception film has been intertwined with music. The visual and narrative aspects of film, however, have often overshadowed the important role of music in film, and this course focuses on how music works as a major contributor to a film as an artistic whole.
To that end in this course we will survey the history of film music from the “silents” (which were not silent at all) to present-day cinema, focusing on the semiotics of narrative music, the techniques and mechanics of music composition for film, important film composers and their styles, and the evolution in style and artistic approaches to film music changes illustrated through the study of a number of films and their scores.