Music And Cinema Music

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The music selected for silent films is an important process that can affect the audience’s experience. Many films rely on music to enhance the action on screen and assist in telling the story. Emilio Audissino places music selection into two basic categories for silent film music: the first being “cinema music,” which acts as a silence filler for the viewer, and the second is “film music,” with the goal to assist the film’s narrative. For many silent films. the music is primarily cinema music. However, there are some silent films that rely heavily on music to help convey the action on screen. Metropolis (1927) is one such film, which used music scored specifically for it.
Gottfried Huppertz began composing the leitmotifs for the score during the early stages of the production of Metropolis. He created each character’s leitmotif through interactions with the actors, thus strengthening the music’s relationship to the film’s story. Audissino writes, “He would be on the set to develop the themes for each character as they took form in front of the cameras, and played parts of the music for the actors to bring them into the proper mood.” Huppertz’s music became an integral part of the film and decades later would assist in its restoration. When his original score was replaced with music from other composers, this affected the film’s narrative. Although other scores could convey the general atmosphere of the film, they lacked the specific emotional connections of Huppertz’s
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