Course Description

ONLINE: Have you ever paid attention to the music when you are watching a movie? How did the top composers write many of the best film scores ever, along with unforgettable songs? In this lecture-based course, we will follow the history of film entertainment in America. We will learn about composers’ struggles, their secrets and how they found their groove to write music for all kinds of films, from Westerns and action films to comedies and romances. We will explore the musical lives of composers like Elmer Bernstein ("The Magnificent Seven"), Jerry Goldsmith ("Alien"), Leonard Bernstein ("On the Waterfront"), Ernest Gold ("Exodus"), Aaron Copland ("Our Town"), the Sherman Brothers ("Mary Poppins") and Philip Glass ("The Truman Show"). Audiovisuals and anecdotes will explain how their music evolved in a world of changing trends. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 200.

Class sessions are recorded.

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Section Title
"Vertigo" to "The Truman Show": The Best Film Music From the '50s to the '90s
Online - Zoom
1:30PM to 3:00PM
Jan 30, 2024 to Mar 05, 2024
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Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Virtual Classroom  
Course Fees
Section Notes

Class sessions are recorded.

Recommended reading:
Larry M. Timm, "The Soul of Cinema: An Appreciation of Film Music" (9780536601902)

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