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Reclaiming Late-Romantic MusicSinging Devils and Distant Sounds$
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Peter Franklin

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520280397

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520280397.001.0001

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Late-Romanticism Meets Classical Music at the Movies

Late-Romanticism Meets Classical Music at the Movies

(p.110) Chapter 5 Late-Romanticism Meets Classical Music at the Movies
Reclaiming Late-Romantic Music

Peter Franklin

University of California Press

This chapter introduces a link between late-romantic European opera and the mass entertainment of film, powered not least by the emigration to America in the 1930s of some key Jewish composers, who were escaping Nazism. Rather than being the graveyard of German musical idealism, Hollywood's linkage of film with music proves to have “realized” the programmatic and bodily and visualized character of late-romantic music, while often directly thematizing musical experience (not the least of which is late-romantic music, like that of Tchaikovsky). The link between late-romantic music by Korngold or Max Steiner and cinematic narrative in the period is explored in relation to the phenomenon of film versions of popular novels, like Gone with the Wind, but also of Now, Voyager or King's Row.

Keywords:   film, Hollywood, musical experience, Korngold, Max Steiner, narrative, popular novels

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