Course Description

ONLINE: As doors were closing in Europe in the 1930s, they were opening in America, despite the Great Depression. Students will discover how immigrants, some of them escaping the Nazi regime, created the Hollywood music that we have all loved since childhood. This lecture-based course will explore how that migration changed the landscape of American culture. Using sound and film clips, we will learn how famous scores — like those for "Citizen Kane," "Gone with the Wind," "Casablanca," "Ben-Hur" and "Psycho" — were written and performed. Anecdotes and stories, combined with music samples, will help us see how some composers analyzed the protagonists’ psyche, as well as the director’s intentions, and then enhanced the final product for a complete film-going experience. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 200.

Class sessions are recorded.

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