Film Score Analytical Essay

Film Score
An analysis and history of the art of the film score with a focus on the music of John Williams, Thomas Newman and Howard Shore.
# 62224 | 5,783 words | 19 sources | MLA | 2005 | GB
Published on Nov 15, 2005 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Music Studies (General)

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This paper examines the art of the film score with particular reference to the scores and compositional techniques of John Williams ("Jurassic Park") and Thomas Newman ("The Shawshank Redemption ") while referring to the differences of both their techniques and styles. It also includes an analysis of the main themes and motifs within Howard Shore's score for "The Lord of the Rings - The Fellowship of the Ring".

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"While the main themes of the score stand out and are the most recognisable, it is the smaller arrangements and sub-themes that gel the soundtrack and help it to flow. Smaller themes such as the mystical eight-note oboe motif of Golum, or the various fight scenes, that carry the same motifs and rhythmic movement, are as important in creating a score of this scale. These parts, along with largely string based sections that hold them together, paint the background of the score and help to create various emotions that complement the visuals, therefore making it easier for the viewer. They take a content over style line of approach and tend to be mostly through composed, whether they are heroic, upbeat, emotional, and magical, or creating suspense, tension and danger. "

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