Regarded as the father of film music steiner makes extensive use of leitmotif in his 1933 score for king kong created by german operatic composer richard wagner leitmotif is a technique wherein specific instruments or musical themes are assigned to individual characters or events. The sound of film music actually began in the early 1890s with the silent film when an accompanist in the theatre provided piano music as background to the image onscreen a at the turn of the century movie music became increasingly diegetic meaning it played an onscreen role in the story p. Mervyn cooke hasnt written merely a history of film music when all the reckoning is done this will surely be the history of film music written for cinema from 1920s silent films to the latest hollywood blockbusters writing about a medium that as aaron copland once cogently put it is designed to be felt rather than explicitly heard is an exacting task and one that leaves many . At first sound films followed the precedent set by their ancestors using compiled western music classical music usually from the 19 th century this practice soon gave way however to the creating of original scores max steiner wrote the first completely original score for king kong in 1933
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