Midterm #1 Essays
1) Describe the three basic types of music heard in original scores during the silent film era and cites specific examples from The Birth of a Nation. (10 points) Adaptations of classical works, arrangements of well-known melodies, and newly composed music are the three basic types of music that is heard in The Birth of the Nation. Adaptations of Classical Works involve large action and dramatic scenes in most cases, but, Mass a passage in the Birth of the Nation that was attributed to Mozart that was used for the ending and also during Lincoln’s assassination. But most commonly Classical works is placed in tense, apprehensive, action and violent moments throughout the film. Arrangements of well-known melodies are…show more content… The tension builds even more because they are in close quarters in the café during this competition—practically face-to-face. Superficial music is heard at Rick’s Café to communicate how superficial Rick’s character is in the movie. And lastly, the famous song “As Time Goes By” is the theme of the movie and shows up prominently as source music. It communicates the love of the characters Rick and Isla.
3) The music for Gone with the Wind is the paradigm of the Classic Hollywood film score, and the music for Citizen Kane represents, like the film as a whole, a departure. Describe the basic characteristics of the Classic Hollywood film score using Gone with the Wind and other films from this period (1933-43) for examples. Then discuss the new qualities found in the music for Citizen Kane. (20 points)
There are many characteristics that contribute to the Classic Hollywood film score. Gone With The Wind serves as a paradigm, which means a distinct pattern of model of the classic Hollywood film score because it possess the qualities and characteristics of the film score throughout the story. First being that most often they employ well-known melodies such as “Dixie” and them famous “Tara” theme which is one of the most distinctive themes in the story. Also, another characteristic is that the film