Film Miniatures PDF

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Film Miniatures was an original project for A level music students taking the option to study film music syllabus in 2001https://youtu.be/Oe0wFdFOq_g

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Film Miniatures was an original project for A level music students taking the option to study film music syllabus in 2001. I was commissioned to compose a study pack with notes on film genres and how they all came about from even the silent era when cinema pianists began to colour the on-screen emotions for the punters, often relying on classical music that fit the bill. And so it began. Early horror relied on works like The Hebrides for “The Black Cat” and Swan Lake Overture for “Dracula” (1931) with Bella Lugosi. Westerns used American folk music and tunes, and the development from there was using composers, but even then, those composers were also struck by the music that was chosen for the genres that went before.

So, I did the same and tried to hit upon the typical and very obvious genre styles for the themes chosen. The original project had 11 numbers, but 9 I this version. And the original was in SATB concert pitch, suggesting instrumentation for scoring plus percussion as well as a midi file so they could download, print, change, or perform on a computer or live.

The nine genres are short but contain the original feel and are simple and very obvious; they can be programmed separately or in a different order, which is good for themed nights if the theme is film and could even ask the audience to spot the genre. Full length comes to 14 minutes. I suggest it as band fun, a break, and easily helps fill the odd programme gap when one can’t find a few numbers that are short enough. https://youtu.be/Oe0wFdFOq_g

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