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    Vassar College
  Nov 22, 2017
Catalogue 2017-2018
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FILM 238 - Music in Film

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
(Same as MUSI 238 ) A study of music in sound cinema from the 1920s to the present. The course focuses on the expressive, formal, and semiotic functions that film music serves, either as sound experienced by the protagonists, or as another layer of commentary to be heard only by the viewer, or some mixture of the two. Composers studied include Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, Jerry Goldsmith, Danny Elfman and others as well as film scores that rely upon a range of musical resources including classical, popular, and non-Western music. Specific topics to be considered this semester include music in film noir and the movie musical. Brian Mann.

Prerequisite(s): one course in Music (not performance) or Film.

Two 75-minute periods plus outside screenings.

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