Shostakovich as Film Music Theorist

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Joan Titus, Associate Professor of Musicology (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: Shostakovich’s call for a solid knowledge of how to write music properly for cinema continued throughout his life. It began with his first article on the film The New Babylon, and continued into his scores for films in the 1950s. He was one of the first pioneers, if not the first, in composing for film, and consistently defended the integrity of writing for music and image. This was one of several themes in his film music essays, including declarations of music’s importance to film, his process of composing for film and working with directors, and specific approaches to film scoring.

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Music and Politics in Twentieth-Century Europe: Essays in Memory of Neil Edmunds, edited by Pauline Fairclough, 249–260. London: Ashgate Press, 2013.
Language: English
Date: 2013
Dmitry Shostakovich, music theory, film music

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