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Understanding the Leitmotif : From Wagner to Hollywood Film Music.

Author: Matthew Bribitzer-Stull
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2015.
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Through analysis, Matthew Bribitzer-Stull explores the legacy of the leitmotif, from Wagner's Ring cycle to present-day Hollywood film music.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Bribitzer-Stull, Matthew.
Understanding the Leitmotif : From Wagner to Hollywood Film Music.
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, ©2015
Named Person: Richard Wagner
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Bribitzer-Stull
ISBN: 9781316334065 1316334066
OCLC Number: 914151432
Description: 1 online resource (358 pages)
Contents: Cover; Half-title; Title page; Copyright information; Dedication; Table of contents; List of music examples; List of tables; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1Introduction: the leitmotif problem; What is a leitmotif?; Leitmotifs are bifurcated in nature; Leitmotifs are developmental in nature; Leitmotifs participate in musical structure; A brief history of the leitmotif and its reception; The leitmotif problem; Part I Musical themes; 2 Motive, phrase, melody, and theme; Phrase and theme; Melody and theme; Motive and theme; Thematic function. 3 Thematic development, thematic identity: musical themes and the prototype modelThematic development; The problem with names; The prototype; Part II Musical association; 4 The phenomenon of musical association; Expression; Signification and referentiality; Topic theory; Subjectivity; Associative themes: emotion, memory, and meaning; Associativity; Presentiment; Coincidence; Resonance; Recollection; 5 Piece specifics, cultural generics, and associative layering; Semiotics revisited; Music as symbolic; From piece specifics to cultural generics; Intertextuality. 6 From Nibelheim to Hollywood: the associativity of harmonic progression""Tarnhelm"" progression as dramatic moment; ""Tarnhelm"" progression as theme; ""Tarnhelm"" progression as pervasive motive; Appendix: Some other associative examples of the ""Tarnhelm"" progression; Art music; Film music; Part III Leitmotifs in context; 7 The paradigm of Wagner's Ring; Wagner's thematic technique before The Ring; Thematic development in The Ring; Thematic Mutation; Change of Mode; Harmonic Corruption; Thematic Truncation; Thematic Fragmentation; Change of Texture; Thematic Evolution. Contextual ReinterpretationAssociative Transposition; Thematic Complexes; Thematic Irony; 8 Leitmotif in Western art music outside The Ring; The leitmotif in Wagner's later works; Leitmotif in the operas of other composers; Germany and Austria; France and England; Italy; Eastern Europe; Leitmotif in symphonic literature; Cantata and oratorio; Ballet; Song cycle; Theater music; Symphonic poem; 9 The modern-day leitmotif: associative themes in contemporary film music; The emergence of the leitmotivic film score; Art music and film music; Opera and film music; Wagner and film music. Thematic practice in the Hollywood film scoreThe first period of leitmotivic composition; The second period of leitmotivic composition; Analyzing the film score; Wagnerian thematic techniques in recent film music; Change of Mode; Harmonic Corruption; Harmonic Redemption; Thematic Complex; Thematic Truncation; Thematic Fragmentation; Thematic Evolution; Associative Transposition; Change of Texture; Thematic Irony; Long-range processes: a brief case study of Howard Shore's music for Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings films; Connections to The Lord of the Rings scores from The Hobbit.

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Through analysis, Matthew Bribitzer-Stull explores the legacy of the leitmotif, from Wagner's Ring cycle to present-day Hollywood film music.

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