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Re: I usually dont like film music but...
• Posted by: Nick   <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2005, at 8:15 p.m.
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• In Response to: Re: I usually dont like film music but... (Caesar)

What's wrong with enjoying orchestral music that wasn't written over a hundred years ago or so?

Film music is not the same as classical music. While there are times when it can be as complex as any of the works you mentioned, the time involved in writing scores is often very short, and (especially with audiences with short attention spans) the more complex a melody is, the less memorable it becomes in associating it with a character in a film. Film music exists for one reason: to accompany the picture emotionally. I have no problem believing that any good film composer could write as complex a symphony as the best of the classics- away from the conformity and schedule of a film.

I like film music, but I don't like classical music. I can't connect to it on an enjoyment or emotional level. Perhaps with your admittedly arrogant attitude that makes me simple-minded, I don't know..nor do I care.

> Complicated harmonies? Most of it is pure tonal music with the same
> harmonic directions. Goldenthal is more a classical composer than a film
> music composer. His Titus is great though. Williams and Goldenthal gifts
> are melodic, although Williams steals a lot (Schindler´s List Theme -
> Mahler 8 symphony; ET Theme - Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture etc etc). His
> dissonances are basic stravinskian models and his chromatism is very
> simple and repetitive. Elfman has only one score that grabs me: Sleepy
> Hollow. Here he takes some interesting directions, Doyle Schakesperian
> scores sound all the same to me, same tonal sctruture, same orchestration
> based most of it on the strings. Sense and Sensibility has some moments
> though.

> Try to hear a Bruckner symphony, a Bach fugue or a Wagner opera and then
> you will understand my arrogant attitude. This is complex music,
> melodically genious, with an unexpect structure and harmony and
> farrrrrrrrrrr greater orchestration. I am sure you already heard it.

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