RCHUMS 251 - Topics in Music
Section: 001 Film Music of the Hollywood Studio Era, 1926-1959
Term: WN 2008
Subject: RC Humanities (RCHUMS)
Department: LSA Residential College
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May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This course will survey American film music from the initial “talkies” of the late 1920s through the disbanding of the Hollywood studio music departments in the late 1950s. The core of the course will be devoted to the music of such films as The Adventures of Robin Hood, Casablanca, Laura, Sunset Boulevard, A Streetcar Named Desire, and North by Northwest. Class discussions will examine the fluid relationship between music and visuals. How, for example, does music’s presence (or absence) enhance setting, characterization, scene pacing, plot development, and psychological subtext? Students will also consider the differing musico-cinematic approaches of composers including Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, Bernard Herrmann, Erich Korngold, and Miklos Rozsa. Musical, historical, and cultural contexts will be covered through lecture and course readings intended to provide students with the tools and terminology necessary to articulate and develop their own ideas and observations regarding the trends, techniques, and idiosyncrasies that define this repertoire.

RCHUMS 251 - Topics in Music
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
W 4:00PM - 7:00PM
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