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Hollywood Cadences: Music and the Structure of Cinematic Expectation

Discussion in 'Tips, Tricks & Talk' started by Mauro Pantin, Jun 28, 2018.

  1. Academic stuff, but quite interesting nonetheless, it has a lot of useful information on how cadences work. Thought I'd share this in case anyone's interested:


    The article is by Frank Lehman, who also has a book on harmony that I am reading at the moment (although very slowly because the academic language is a pain in the ass)
  2. Great article. I love stuff like this. There is lots of great information here. I think my biggest surprise was the sophistication of Steiner. He was completely off my radar until I read this article. Thanks for posting.

    Did you enjoy it personally?
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  3. Had the same reaction to Steiner. That CMCR concept seems so useful and elegant. I tried it on a quick test the other day and it is absolutely wonderful, particularly for connecting seemingly unrelated bits of music. I'm also surprised to find it on such iconic scores. It's one of those "Ahhh, so that is how you do that!" moments. And those linear paradigms are going right into my cheat sheet.

    The only critique I have for the article and the book by the same author (although I'm not sure it is fair since I knew what I was getting into) is that it is a little inaccessible in terms of language. But I'm a little conflicted on this critique as well.

    On one hand, I believe it could be explained in simpler terms and everyone would benefit from that. Textbooks in college were like this and although English is not my native language I do pretty well with this kind of stuff, I have spent half of my day working and writing in English for the last 14 years. But a good chunk of the rest of the world is not so lucky (also, sometimes I wonder if there are any academics of this stature that adhere to the French school of orchestration... they're not minimalists, that much is certain). On the other hand, if these guys are not being extravagant and using flourishes in the language, who's going to do it? The social media epoch we live in expresses itself via a 5th-grade elementary school vocabulary. It's no wonder the internet is so aggressive sometimes when every emotion and argument is being painted in primary colors.

    Other than that, I loved the article, of course! If you like this kind of stuff I highly recommend Hollywood Harmony by the same author, it has a lot of these great insights!
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  4. I bought Hollywood Harmony and find it very illuminating so far. Only about 1/8 through the book. Hopefully all of this will help me write better music!
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