The Importance Of Music In The Film

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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
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Max Steiner wrote the first completely original score for King Kong in 1933.

The 1940s
In the 1940s, composers refined their expertise even more.
One of the most important and influential composers was Bernard Herrmann, who broke many barriers and traditions to create music that greatly enhanced the films for which he wrote.
Herrmann scored a series of notable mythically themed fantasy films, including Journey to the Center of the Earth and the Ray Harryhausen Dynamation epics The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts, Mysterious Island and The Three Worlds of Gulliver. His score for the 7th Voyage was particularly highly acclaimed by admirers of that genre of film and was praised by Harryhausen as Herrmann 's best score of the four

The 1950s
Up until the 1950s, film music had been entirely symphonic.
In the 1950s, however, Jazz opened the industry up to a vast and new world of possibilities. The use of Jazz not only "contemporized" the sounds and theme of movies, but fewer musicians were needed, thus making orchestration less

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