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ERIC Number: EJ901801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0021-8510
Understanding the Score: Film Music Communicating to and Influencing the Audience
Green, Jessica
Journal of Aesthetic Education, v44 n4 p81-94 Win 2010
As evidenced by the strong use of musical scores in modern film, film music has come a long way since the initial silent film's piano or organ accompaniment that simply marked general emotions or moods. Though film music has retained its basic functions of reflecting emotions and moods in the images, the film score has progressed into actually shaping the narrative. Film music has the power to suggest connections and themes within the film, to make identifications, to suspend reality, and to create thematic transformations that define character and comment on complex subjects. By establishing specific leitmotifs, themes, and cues within a movie, film music fulfills the more complex role of working in conjunction with the other channels of information (image, speech, noise, and texts) to create meaning. As audiences educate themselves about the conventions of film music, they can better understand how music can rhetorically influence their interpretation of the film and the message that they take from the film. (Contains 31 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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