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Course Description

This is not a course on Hollywood musicals or music videos! Since the inception of motion pictures in the 1890s, so-called "background" music has been in integral part of the movie-goer's experience, even in the days of silent film.  From Casablanca to Psycho to The Magnificent Seven, from Lawrence of Arabia to Jaws and Star Wars, film scores have enhanced the emotional impact of many movies and, in some cases, contributed to the film narrative as well.  This course will examine the historical role of cinematic musical scores as well as the work of several notable film composers from Hollywood's "classic" age (1915-1960). Most class sessions will feature screenings of representative movies that include scores by Max Steiner, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Dmitri Tiomkin, Franz Waxman, and other celebrated composers of that era, and we will discuss these films and their other works.  Lecture (plus Questions); Facilitated Discussion; Listening to Music or Other Audio; Viewing Videos
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