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date: 22 October 2020

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This chapterexamines the influence of the theater music of the nineteenth century on modern film music practices. It shows that the soundscape of the theater was considerably richer and more varied than has previously been suggested and that the techniques of the nineteenth-century melodrama also leapt beyond the silent film to influence underscoring practices in the sound film of the 1930s and 1940s. It provides examples to illustrate that many more useful connections could be made between the practice of composing music for the theater and composing for film melodramas.

Keywords: film music practices, theater music, melodrama, silent film, sound film, composing

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