Music and Film Essays

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Exam 1 Essay Portion
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)
Music is an important form of art; it has always been utilized by each and every culture for entertainment purpose. Earlier in the silent film era, music was generally not included in the films but played in the beginning or at the end to entertain the audience.
Later music was used in the form of background score to provide strength to the scenes of the film. There were three types of original scores of music during the silent film era, improvised score, compiled scores and composed scores. Improvise score refer to the created-off-the cuff by the
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The music was given by Max Steiner who was very famous for his music scores in the silent films. In the film the songs are actually telling the story. Like the first song, “La Marseillaise” which is a French national anthem has been transformed a cording to the demand of the story. It was actually written during the French Revolution era in which the people were fighting for freedom from political repression. The song represents France which free and liberal, in the film it was played several times to represent patriotism. The song was successful in reflecting the patriotism of the French countrymen.
The second song “As the time goes” represents the love story between the lead characters. It was successful in overcoming the effect of wars in the film. The music is soothing and very emotional. This song was very much praised in Paris and it is considered as a symbol of love. It represents the romantic feeling of Rick and IIsa for each other.
Both the songs were beautiful and fulfil the demand of the story of the film. Since during the war it was necessary to reflect the patriotism of the people for their country, so according the music score of the national anthem was followed. So here we can suggest that it was a compiled music score. And since the film was a romantic drama so to reflect the feeling of the characters in the film a romantic track was needed which was composed so beautifully that it became a symbol of love for the

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