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Early Film Music. Films shown starting in 1890s Projectors were noisy for silent films Live music added to cover noise Piano used with film in Paris, 1895

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Early Film Music

  • Films shown starting in 1890s

  • Projectors were noisy for silent films

  • Live music added to cover noise

  • Piano used with film in Paris, 1895

  • In 1908, Paris company, Le Film d’Art,commissionedCamille Saint-Saëns to compose music for L’assassinat du Duc de Guise; live musicians played during film screeings

  • Work by Saint-Saëns was a success, but increased expense for theaters





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Featured Listening : “Main Theme” from Star Warsby John Williams

  • Composed for film in 1977

  • Movie music

  • Moderate tempo, slows near the end

  • Orchestra

  • Quadruple meter with some triple meter

  • Listen to the opening fanfare, heroic theme, battle music, and Princess Leia’s leitmotif

Listening Excerpt from CD 2, tracks 38, p. 339-340


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Listening Guide:The Main Theme from Star Wars(contd.)

  • Fanfare

  • Heroic theme played by brass and percussion, then entire orchestra

  • Light and soft transition

  • Strings build intensity

  • Battle music (triple meter), then syncopated punctuations obscure meter

  • Heroic theme returns in quadruple meter

  • Princess Leia’s leitmotif is played by cellos and basses

  • Heroic theme in high brass

  • Fanfare-like statements in brass

  • Tempo slows and intensity drops

  • Closes with music from Elgar’s The Coronation March





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