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Mysteriosos Demystified: Topical Strategies Within and Beyond the Silent Cinema
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Musicology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8448-2080
2012 (English)In: The Journal of Film Music, ISSN 1087-7142, E-ISSN 1758-860X, Vol. 5, no 1-2, p. 77-92Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Musical topoi, such as religioso, battle, oriental etc., abound in generic silent film compositions ("photoplay music") and catalogs of pieces for cinema musicians in the 1920s. As topoi are indeed useful toevoke meanings and to quickly produce a musical accompaniment for actions, they had been established indramatic genres and program music long before film music became a profession after World War I. Misteriosos are a case in point to illustrate the formation and longevity of a musical topos from stage melodramas tosound films. When long feature films became mass entertainment and montage techniques advanced, cinemamusicians had to develop new cataloging systems in order to gain control over a vast and rapidly growingrepertoire of music suitable to accompany complex screen dramas at short notice. Accordingly, the catalogs grew increasingly complex and provided multidimensional taxonomies of nested categories by the end of the silent period.

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2012. Vol. 5, no 1-2, p. 77-92
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Film music
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Musicology
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Musicology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-338249DOI: 10.1558/jfm.v5i1-2.77OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-338249DiVA, id: diva2:1171837
Available from: 2018-01-08 Created: 2018-01-08 Last updated: 2018-02-15Bibliographically approved

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