heinee14212 (film, music, literature) 16

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three-fourths of the way into the film. Once that is revealed, the character of the Fool takes on an entirely different role, and becomes the main character of the film, not Lear. The music serves to enhance the narrative that makes the focus on the Fool clear. Through the recontextualization of the characters, the film gains a different interpretation. Dmitri Shostakovich’s film music is a significant part of his compositional body of work. The music is appropriate for the on-screen action and well crafted. His music was never poorly arranged or casually composed. Shostakovich himself
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Unformatted text preview: did not treat film music as a second tier form of composition. He said that his “assertion [is] that creative contact with cinema and theatrical workers, and in particular writing film music, makes for greater versatility in a composer’s output by helping him in his work in other genres.” 4 Shostakovich’s film music should be discussed along with his concert music. 4 L. Grigoryev and Ya. Platek, ed. Dmitri Shostakovich: About Himself and His Times , trans. Angus and Neilian Roxburgh, (Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1981), 165. Quote is taken from a radio interview in 1955. 7...
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