Soundtracks and Scores: Music in American Cinema

Course: TUT 100-24

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Email: russell@grinnell.edu
Phone: (641) 269-4583

Welcome:

From silent films to three-hour epics, music has been a major component in conveying emotions when words and visuals were not enough. Unfortunately with the copiousness of dialogue, cinematography, action scenes and advanced special effects, the functionality of music in this complicated construction of film art repeatedly goes unnoticed. The purpose of this tutorial is to acquire the languages as they pertain to both music and film to critically discuss and write on the aesthetic and functional significance of music in film. This course is essentially divided into two parts. The first part will cover the history of film music and analyze major symphonic scores; the part second will examine major sound tracks, that is, the use of popular songs in film.