Film Score Music

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Film Score Music

To say that music plays a large role in our society would not do justice to one of the most important and popular art forms of yesterday and today. We underestimate the effectiveness and power that music, in any form , can have over even the most insensitive of people. In almost everything we do and see music is involved in some form or another. Be it a piece played at a wedding, a song played on the radio or even the music played in the background in a television commercial. The music is always there, reminding us of past experiences, making us smile and feel exhilaration and sometimes even making us cry. It is this power that music has over us that film score composers take advantage of when they are writing the
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The musicians paid little attention to the film and played arbitrarily. This meant that often a serious or dramatic scene would be occurring on the screen wile the musician played something comical or something that belonged to a scene with a car chase. Sound-effects men were soon added to the sounds behind a film. This would be a man that created noises, erg. train whistles and bells, fire engine bells, gun shots, explosions, cannon fire, etc. in order to add realism to the film. This made movie-going more popular which in turn bettered the standard of movie-making. It was at this point that the musicians hired to accompany the films began to take the music more seriously. Set standards were created but the musicians job was to make sure that these standards did not become monotonous. They also began the use of simple motif that would introduce a character or foreshadow an event. The motifs are the elements of the music that are extremely important in shaping the characters and the theme of the film. It was the use of these motifs that made the music much more sophisticated and people began to take the films more seriously. The idea of motifs did not disintegrate but rather became an important technique in the scoring of films in the years to come. By this time the music was ceasing to be merely and extra job for Vaudeville musicians and had actually become an art that needed and was given thought. The house musician, which later became
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