Silver Screen Melodies

Hello world.  Today we appreciate film and recognize music’s undeniable contribution to it.  The silver screen gave unto us moving pictures, a visual mode that incorporates time space in a way that static art cannot.  Music naturally melds beautifully with film partly because it [music] has dealt with the incorporation of space and time since its inception.  Once they are combined an extremely powerful coupling of two spatial worlds creates a new beast altogether.  It is the job of the film’s composer to understand the emotions and intensity of the film and basically reinforce it with a musically complementary counterpart.  Lets take a look at a couple of prime examples.

Pick 1:  Claude Debussy – Claire de Lune

Meaning “moonlight” in french and appearing in over a doze films to-date, Claire De Lune is a testament to the marriage of film and music.

Pick 2:  Ennio Morricone – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

An epic imagining of all the glory and tragedy of the Wild West.

Pick 3:  John Williams – Welcome to Jurassic Park

Wonder and majesty is evoked as Williams paints dinosaurs.

Pick 4:  John Williams – Raiders of the Lost Ark

Marching on to new adventures.

Pick 5:  Mark Mothersbaugh – Loquasto Film Festival

How elegant.

Finally, I’d like to share an example that pushes the boundaries of known beauty in both fields.  This next piece shows one of the first and best uses a true montage scene.  The music that compliments comes from one of America’s finest composers to date: Burt Bacharach.  Enjoy this wonderful scene from Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid.

Until Next Time.




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