Essay On 1930s Music

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Before the 1930s Before the invention of the "talking picture," all movies were completely silent. The mixture of music into the film scene is speculated to have happened for many reasons. Music was already a commonplace element in the theatres and it was brought over to films not only because of tradition, but to add a depth to the two-dimensional image that appeared upon the screen. An added benefit was that it covered up the cacophony of noise that spewed from the projector. The majority of silent films were accompanied by anything from full orchestras to organists and pianists Charlie Chaplin composed his own music for City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936) and Limelight (1952). That was the exception, and few film-makers would imitate him. He wasn 't clear at all whose job was to score the soundtracks. The 1930s At first, sound films…show more content…
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