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CLIP 4898

Thematic development in music for film

Thematic development in music for film
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Key Info
  • Thematic development in music for film
  • Duration: 03:27
  • A composer discusses the uses of musical devices in composition for film. Working with a trio of orchestral players, the composer creates a short theme which can be transformed in different ways to convey a range of moods and feelings. A phrase of falling notes is used to convey sadness. This turns upwards to express happiness. The strongest emotional point of the film, one of loneliness, is effectively highlighted by stripping the texture down to a solo instrument.
  • Subject:

    Music

       Topic:

    Stage and Screen

  • Keywords: composing, film, mood, texture
Ideas for use in class
  • For use in developing themes in composition.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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