William E. Chaplin, Classical Forum: A Theory of Formal Functions for the Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Analyzing Classical Form: An Approach for the Classroom, William E. From Chaplin’s brilliant use of Wagner in The Gold Rush to the Bach chorale closing. Read “William E. Chaplin, Classical Forum: A Theory of Formal Functions for the Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, Music.

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As was customary in the scoring for silent pictures, the Wagnerian leitmotiv system was followed — a distinctive musical theme associated with which character and idea. W Griffith also composed some musical themes for his pictures.

It is heard again as a sort of fate theme at moments of crises, such as the count over Charlie in the boxing ring, and his capture and imprisonment. Chaplin playing the organ.

In similar fashion D. The style is marked and individual. The famous apache dance is a paraphrase. After Chaplin made his first million, he installed a pipe organ in his Beverly Hills mansion. Played also behind the tragic of the picture, with clzssical grim and fateful chords, the second has a distinct Puccini flavor. The tramp, let out of prison, searches for the chaolin girl.


Incidentally, Chaplin even conducted the orchestra, himself, during classicall, an added reason for the satisfying impression of wholeness in the Chaplin films. She had two subsidiary themes, one a pathetique for scenes in her slum room, and the other a violin caprice, for her wistful moments. Actually, from on, every town of five thousand or over had at least a three-piece orchestra — or an organ.

The theme is repeated seven times when he is in hopeful moods. Realizing the importance of musical accompaniment to the silent film, Chaplin sought to have it reproduced in every theatre exactly as he wished it. This shrill squeaking is used not only as a comic note itself, but as a burlesque of the talkies. At least twenty numbers in the score could be published as separate and original works.

Charlie Chaplin : Chaplin as a Composer

He turns to the girl in the window of her shop laughing at him… Music: But perhaps of no other one man can it be said that chapiln wrote, directed, acted, and scored a motion picture. A rumba-like number accompanies the party scene where the tramp swallows the whistle.

Tramp finds flowers in gutter… Music: When Chaplin was signed by the Essanay Company, he bought a violin on which he scraped for hours at night, to the annoyance of less wakeful actors when they all lived next to the studio at Niles, California. Saxophone bleating, in slightly off synchronization with the lips, mimics the speakers at the unveiling of the moment. But who, better than Chaplin, could point up musically the tragic-comic adventures of the tramp character he himself created?


Chaplin plays the violin in The Vagabond, Violin Caprice secondary girl theme. In certain moods he is known to have fingered this expensive instrument for hours at a time. Tramp wanders the streets… Hcaplin Nor does Chaplin possess the virtuosity and present grandiose manner of Steiner, where too often sheer bombast attempts to make up for the emotional vacuity in the picture itself. The ending of City Lights, A fanfare on trumpets, over chalpin night scene, opens the picture proper.

Chaplin as a Composer

Girl touches hand of tramp… Music: But the melodies, with the exceptions noted above, used for the associations they would evoke, were composed by Chaplin. It is true that one or two of the minor numbers are reminiscent. Tramp comes to corner where Girl used to sell flowers Music: