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FILM SCORE MUSIC To say that music plays a large role in our society would not do justice to one of the most important and popular art forms of yesterday and today We underestimate the effectiveness and power that music in any form can have over even the most insensitive of people In almost everything we do and see music is involved in some form or another Be it a piece played at a wedding a song played on the radio or even the music played in the background in a television commercial The music is always there reminding us of past experiences making us smile and feel exhilaration and sometimes even making us cry It is this power that music has over us that film score composers take advantage of when they are writing the music to accompany the movies As listeners we often do not appreciate that the music that is scored for films or played in films is put there on purpose to create a certain feeling emphasize a point give more life to a character or sometimes to simply add humour What the average moviegoer does not usually realize is that a great deal of time and thought goes into writing the score for a film and choosing the background music for a scene None of the music is arbitrary themes and sub themes have been created with specific ideas in mind and have been put in place only to add to the story and the characters It is also important to acknowledge that the evolution into the type of film scoring that we are accustomed to today was not a quick or easy transition It has taken almost a century to develop the specific techniques that are used in todays films When the first moving pictures were seen they were known as silent films although they were not actually silent They contained
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