Music as a System of Rhetorical Figures (The Case of Hollywood Music and Film Industry)

Marina Viktorovna Pereverzeva, Elena Ivanovna Grigorieva, Elena Borisovna Pokivaylova, Aleksey Pavlovich Efremenko and Sofiya Shavkatovna Umerkaeva

The purpose of the study is to identify the specifics of Hollywood film score and develop a rhetorical system of modern film scores by correlating the genre paradigms existing in cinema with each musical set inherent in them, as well as to reveal the correspondence of musical styles to stage clichés. The object of the study is music for Hollywood films of the last five decades of the 20th century. The research material includes films, soundtracks, film score and reductions with fragments of film score. The research methodology for Hollywood film score includes an auditory and textual analysis of soundtracks and musical fragments of films of the 20th century, comparison of musical and rhetorical figures and typical figurative and emotional means of expression used in classical music (from Baroque to modernism) and modern film score, as well as description of the emotional impact of film score on a person in connection with the events on the screen and the experiences of the heroes. The main results of the study show that modern mass cinema is distinguished by the standardization of images, plot twists and turns and working methods of scriptwriters, directors and composers. American film score, like no other, is close to the Baroque principle of codification of the relationship between music and word. The study may be useful in research on psychology, art history, theory and technology of musical composition, as well as in the professional training of future film composers who master such disciplines as composing, arranging, orchestrating, musical direction and dramaturgy. The scientific novelty of the study lies in the statement that in Hollywood film score, as well as in the Baroque opera, a set of musical means is used that can excite a certain emotional state–affect and thereby take hold of the souls of the audience. These affects are typical: in the Hollywood film score during the 20th century, the vocabulary of musical rhetorical figures was developed and firmly established.

Volume 12 | 05-Special Issue

Pages: 428-433

DOI: 10.5373/JARDCS/V12SP5/20201777