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MUSIC 1AA3- Midterm Exam Guide - Comprehensive Notes for the exam ( 33 pages long!)


Department
Music
Course Code
MUSIC 1AA3
Professor
Dave Gerry
Study Guide
Midterm

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MUSIC 1AA3
MIDTERM EXAM
STUDY GUIDE

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Chapter 10
- Stock market crash 1929 had impact on entertainment industry
- Problem the music industry faced was the inability to mix sounds
Early Sound Films
- Blackmail (1929)
o Hitchcock
o Originally shot as a silent film, converted to sound mid production
o Some scene contains sounds and some are silent
o Camera lack of mobility, if there is dialogue there is no music
- Hallelujah (1929)
o First film by major studio to use all black cast
o MGM, King Vidor, didn’t get paid
o Follows the lives of African Americans
- The Blue Angel (1930)
o Launch career of Marlene Dietrich
o Frederick Hollander provided music
o Songs were recorded live
Musicals
- Two Types
o Productions featuring a series of unrelated performances, such as the
revue or vaudeville
o Dramatic works that inserted musical numbers into a dramatic plot,
such as operetta and the nascent musical comedy
- The Hollywood Revue of 1929
o MGM studios
o Filmed at night after production of other shows
o “Singing in the Rain”
- 60+ musicals in 1928
- people grew bored of musicals until 1933 when 42nd Street was released
Early Sound Cartoons
- Walt Disney Steamboat Willie (1928)
o third Mickie Mouse cartoon
o dialogue is minimal but had fully exploited technology by sound
effects and music
o Irish folksong
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- Walt Disney The Skeleton Dance
- Silly Symphonies relate short stories, often without dialogue or singing
Carl Stalling
- Originally hired by Disney but then left and went to Warner Bros
- Mickey Mouse, Silly Symphonies
- Looney Tunes
- Tom and Jerry
- Used children’s songs, popular melodies, jazz and borrowed classics
King Kong
- Max Steiner
- Described as a Steiner concert with pictures
- Hired to save the movie
- Principal themes are Beauty and the beast
- Prominent use of brass and percussion
- Music reflects range of emotions from love to terror
- Music follows the physical movements: Mickey Mousing
- Establishes moods and thematic relationships during opening credits
- Juxtaposed; the beast motive is intoned by the low brass, supported by a
gong
- Beauty theme tumbles downwards in sequential motion
Max Steiner (1888-1971)
- Child prodigy, born in Vienne
- Conduced first operetta at age 12
- Became a professional conductor at age 13 after he graduated from Vienna
Imperial Academy of Music
- Rio Rita, first Hollywood film
- King Kong, Gone with the Wind, Casablanca,
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