MUSIC 2F03 Lecture 8: Film Music

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Cut-off at dimitri tiomkin and high noon (everything before bernard herrmann) Studied at julliard (very prestigious classical music school) Orson wells: by 21 was most famous man. Travels to hollywood with wells in 1940. Was critically acclaimed in the circles of film directors and producers: profoundly influential film. Orson wells used lighting (bright light, deep shadows, contrast lighting), in a way that hearkened the earlier days of film noir. Seen as the film that kicked film noir off. Herrmann was versed in music similar to steiner and korngold: this is important because his style changes, he introduces a lot of new ideas. Bernstein to come over: like late 19th century opera. Herrmann realizes something that is blindingly obvious but that hasn"t occurred to anyone else. It wasn"t a conscious decision, it is something that evolved over time: symphony orchestra in vienna was the same as london, other countries, etc. , it could be played by anyone.

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