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date: 16 May 2021

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The chapter discusses two modes of combining music and moving images that developed in modernism. The first mode, which the author terms generation, relates to a type of animated narrative film in which the music precedes the visual sequence which generates the will or thought (modality) that gives rise to the narrative action. “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice,” from the Disney film Fantasia, is examined as an example. In the second mode, suspension, the picture appears as if preceding the music, even if the creative order was different, or the work does not have an actual visual manifestation. The visual sequence, which appears as if deriving from the composer’s inner world, is characterized by minute occurrences, wishing to arouse as an atmosphere or “third consciousness.” The movement “Colors” from Schoenberg’s Five Pieces for an Orchestra, opus 16, is examined as an example alongside examples from film music.

Keywords: modernism, moving image, generation, suspension, animated film, modality, atmosphere, third consciousness, Schoenberg, Disney's Fantasia

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