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MUSIC004 Unit 2 Exam
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Who wrote the score for Goldfinger?
In the opening 20 minutes of The Graduate, what Simon and Garfunkel song do we hear?
Sounds of Silence
In the film Goldfinger, which part of the James Bond theme do we hear most often?
A string counter-motive that returns frequently, particularly in association with the Goldfinger theme
In The Graduate , the use of pre-existing pop songs did present some problems: They imposed their own structures on the film, and their length could not easily be altered. What was principally the filmmakers' solution to these problems?
Include additional music scored for the film, and allow many of the scenes to play without any music at all
In Easy Rider, where do Wyatt and Billy stash the money they made on the cocaine deal?
In the teardrop gas tank of Wyatt's motorcycle
In the film Goldfinger, what memorable sound do we hear in the Odd Job theme the first time we see his shadow, and which is repeated when we, along with Bond, see Jill Masterson dead and covered in gold paint?
The repeated sound of a hammer striking steel
In Easy Rider, what song makes reference to "smoke and lightning" and "heavy metal thunder"?
"Born to be Wild" by Steppenwolf
In the film Goldfinger, the motive in the James Bond theme that has the most distinctive melodic outline, and is played by brass, has how many notes in its complete form?
In the opening of the film Goldfinger, when Jill Masterson and James Bond kiss, the romantic music cues in, and then almost immediately turns jazzy and sultry, as the dissolve between shots overlays their kiss with a sumptuous buffet. What theme do we hear, and what does it mean?
The Goldfinger theme, suggesting that Bond and Goldfinger are inverted images of one another
In the film Goldfinger, what is so diabolical about Goldfinger's scheme?
He doesn't need to steal the gold from Fort Knox; he merely has to contaminate it with a nuclear weapon
The "Psycho" theme, for all its startling originality, owes a debt to the great Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky, whose 1913 ballet, The Rite of Spring, radically transformed the world of classical music. What made Stravinsky's music so different?
His music is propelled by sheer force of rhythm
Which of the following is NOT true of the music used in the shower scene in Psycho?
After Marion collapses, the music reverts to the temptation theme, as the camera pans over to the money
In the temptation scene, which of the following does NOT contribute to our identification with Marion?
Marion's repeated gazes into the mirror, as though having a conversation with herself
Which of the following is NOT a technique Herrmann used in Psycho?
NOT: Scored the film using only strings
Best guess: Used long musical phrases and rarely repeated them
So masterfully filmed is the shower scene that we can scarcely imagine it differently. Yet, if Hitchcock had had his way, there would have been something strikingly different about it. What was it?
There would have been no music in the scene whatsoever
Bernard Herrmann was in many respects the perfect composer for a filmmaker such as Alfred Hitchcock. Which statement below is NOT characteristic of the effect of his music upon an audience?
NOT: The music conveys the interior psychological states of the characters
Best guess: The music sounds remarkably similar to that of the classic Hollywood composers, such as Max Steiner
In the peephole scene, we see Norman replace the painting on the wall and walk out of the parlor to the house. Precisely as he begins to move forward, the strings play the obsessive rhythm pizzicato (that is, plucking the strings). What is the effect of playing this rhythm pizzicato?
Reinforces the decisive nature of his impending action
In the setup in Psycho, what do we learn about Marion and Sam?
Marion wants to marry Sam, but he is heavily in debt and must regularly pay his ex-wife alimony
Which of the following factors does NOT account for the riveting nature of Marion's drive following the theft of the $40,000?
The traditional use of the 180-degree system
After Marion collapses to the bathroom floor, the camera leisurely pans over to a view of the newspaper with the money inside it. What is the intended purpose of this shot?
To reinforce the complete senselessness of her murder; her hopes and aspirations mean nothing now
Which of the films we have studied is regarded as the first great classic Hollywood western?
Which western features an Oscar-winning score by the Englishman John Barry?
Dances with Wolves
Which film in its final sixteen minutes contains four dramatic climaxes that can be identified by the underscore?
Which of the westerns we have studied features an underscore composed and performed by blues singer and guitarist John Paul Hammond?
Little Big Man
In which western is the opening scene notable for its striking and original cinematography, with the camera view looking out through an open door and then passing through the threshold to reveal a spectacular vista?
In which western is the opening scene notable for its diegetic sounds, leading to a gun battle, only at the conclusion of which does nondiegetic music finally enter?
In which western is there a temporal ellipsis of two years, from 1878 to 1880, between the first and second scenes?
In which western is the Lakota language spoken with English subtitles?
Dances with Wolves
Max Steiner demonstrates that the accomplished Austro-German Romantic can compose American music in which western we have studied:
Dimitri Tiomkin composed the Oscar-winning score for which western we have studied?
In which western is the title music beautifully intimate and tender, starting with a single melodic line from solo guitar?
In which western does the underscore contain high woodwind figures sounding over sustained dissonant tones to convey the extreme heat of the desert, as well as the mystery of the body lying on the ground?
In what respect is the film High Noon NOT typical of the Western genre of that era?
The running time of the film corresponds closely with the timespan of the narrative
The film Stagecoach won which Oscar category:
Best Score: A quartet of composers, foremost among them, Richard Hageman
The entrance of this character is regarded as one of the most memorable cinematographic entrances in all of film history. Who is it?
The Ringo Kid
Recall the B theme from the song in High Noon ("Oh, to be torn 'twixt love and duty"). When this theme is used in the underscore, what principal meaning is associated with it?
The Miller Gang
The climactic scene in Stagecoach is the famous chase that ends in a big shootout with the Apaches. As the sequence begins, we see the stagecoach and hear its theme--until the camera pans left to reveal the Indians watching from the ridge above. The music suddenly changes to an ominous Indian theme, but then when the camera pans back to the stagecoach, the stagecoach theme returns. What does the return of the stagecoach theme signify?
That the group is unaware of the Apaches and think themselves out of danger
As the showdown between Marshall Cain and the Miller gang looms, which continuity editing technique serves to provide spatial continuity as the men converge on each other?
The 180-degree system orienting the opposing sides, before a pan right
What two principal narrative threads are woven together to provide the setup in Stagecoach?
A road film through dangerous territory combined with a revenge story
Music playing at cross purposes with the emotion of the narrative is referred to as:
Who composed the Academy Award winning film score for The Adventures of Robin Hood?
Who composed the film score for Gone with the Wind?
Which friendship theme is best-remembered from King's Row?
Parris and Drake
In which film do we hear the diegetic wheezing of organ pipes, which is occasionally combined with nondiegetic music?
In the climactic scene at the airport following Major Strasser's shooting, we hear "As Time Goes By" enter as counterpoint against "Deutschland Uber Alles" while we wait, in great suspense, to hear what Renault will say. What meaning does the music suggest at that moment?
That Renault feels affection for Rick and will spare him
This composer can well be regarded as the master of the leitmotif for his attention to detail and the way in which he creates a marvelously nuanced, psychological rendering of the narrative. We observe these qualities notably in his score for King's Row:
In the "Battle of the Bands" scene in Casablanca, what does Victor demand that the band play?
The first time we hear "As Time Goes By" in Casablanca, how do we hear it?
As diegetic music when Sam plays it at Ilsa's request
The compositional style of this composer leads the viewer engagingly through the narrative by closely "following" the action, while at the same time subtly reflecting the psychological and emotional states of the two principal characters: Joe Gillis, a down-on-his-luck, B-movie script writer; and Norma Desmond, a wealthy and formerly famous star of silent film.
An early shot in Sunset Blvd. is innovative and startling. What makes this shot unusual?
The camera shot of the dead man is taken from underwater, angled upward
In Sunset Blvd., once Joe stashes his car in the garage and walks up to the house, we hear a new musical sound with a trill in the strings. What does this trill come to represent?
In the beginning of King's Row, which character's theme is prominently featured in the title music?
The "Parris" theme, which is almost a song form
Casablanca's composer was a master at writing music that would "fit the picture like a glove." What does this mean?
That the music should closely follow (literally or figuratively) the narrative
Who composed the film score for Bride of Frankenstein, as well as Sunset Blvd., for which he won an Oscar?
Which of the following is NOT accomplished by the title music and prologue in Casablanca?
We are made to understand that Rick and Ilsa are very much in love
In Casablanca, which of the following is NOT an instance of "As Time Goes By" heard as nondiegetic music?
Interwoven with the diegetic music of the "battle of the bands"
Which of the following is NOT a compositional highlight of nondiegetic music in Casablanca?
In this genre of film, the narrative is a crime drama that plays up elements of suspense, violence, and sexuality:
Who composed the film score for Casablanca?
During the opening of the film Casablanca, we hear an airplane approaching and see people looking up at the sky; in the next shot, we see the airplane flying overhead. What continuity editing technique is primarily at work here?
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