Knowing the Score: How Music Makes Movies Come Alive

GENINT 731.267

Osher (50+). In this course, we explore the art and history of film scoring.

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Since the days of silent film, music has accompanied moving pictures in theaters. Whether by a single piano or organ, band, or orchestra playing on cue from written arrangements, music synchronized to filmed action and dialogue has been an integral part of the movie experience. With the advent of talkies and release of The Jazz Singer in 1927, synchronous dialogue and singing with a musical score was combined onto a soundtrack and there was no turning back. The pianos and bands of the silent era have been replaced by film scores featuring every conceivable type of music, from symphony orchestras to esoteric, indigenous, and electronic sounds–including all kinds of pop music. This course explores the art and history of film scoring, movie musicals, animated films, the musical influences of classical, jazz, and popular music, the composers, and their fabulous film scores.

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