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Film Music: Historical Survey (6 Weeks)

  • Newberry Library Chicago, IL United States (map)

Music in film, both specially composed and/or appropriated, often determines the character and emotional gravity of the greatest films. Some films, such as Taxi DriverVertigo, and 2001: A Space Odyssey are literally unthinkable without their scores. This seminar presents a roughly chronological survey of the greatest film scores, from masterpieces by Korngold and Hermann up to the present day. Relevant clips are presented with commentary and analysis. Also included is a discussion of the film composer’s craft, with the necessity of split second timing and utter versatility.


6-week Wednesday afternoon class, starting February 13.
Newberry Library.
Registration Opens January 8 | Tentative Syllabus

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Previously offered:

1-Day seminar | Syllabus

Image credit: Taxi Driver poster, Public Domain, Overlay from iStockPhotos.