Bach minuet forte flat extract bar theory Handel major fin.
The Lives of Others Das LebenderAnderen How does the music evoke emotions within the audience of the film?
Gabriel Yared Lebanese composer • Born in 1949 • Composed the soundtrack for The Lives of Others • He originally wrote the score for the movies Troy and The Tourist but had them rejected after poor audience reception
6. Die SonatevomGutenMenschen The Sonata for a Good Man “The film had a secondary title, ‘Sonata for a Good Man’. This underlines what a central theme music is to the film.” - Quirin Berg Producer
6. Die SonatevomGutenMenschen The Sonata for a Good Man Sonata Form: Exposition Development Recapitulation
6. Die SonatevomGutenMenschen The Sonata for a Good Man • Semi-discordant • Heavy-handed/unrestrained • Atonal Not a classically ‘beautiful’ piece, but takes on a different definition of beauty
Absence of music Almost as important as its presence? • Every Stasi related scene is accompanied by a lack of music (and colour, and every possible form of art) • Same case for early scenes involving Wiesler • Symbolic of lack of brightness in East German life
1. Die Unsichtbare Front The Invisible Front 4. DerVerrat The Betrayal 7. IM “Martha” • Key signature of G Minor • First chord =tonic third inversion / Ic • Second chord = A Major • (tonic first inversion / Ia) First chord Second chord
Theatre scene, when Wiesler begins to suspect Dreyman is ‘not as clean as he appears’ • Stasi team bugs Dreyman’s apartment • Wiesler starts to phone the border control to report Dreyman, but stops himself • Grubitz suspects • Wiesler of betrayal
Cadence (Conflicting and eerie chord changes) Ostinato (Constant repetition of a rhythmic motif) Timbre Imitation Suspension = Musical tension
“Film music is no more than wallpaper, filler material.” - Igor Stravinsky Influential 20th Century composer