Copland’s Revolution in Grover’s Corner

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Source: The Library of Congress

The Golden Age of Hollywood was also the golden age of film scores. While in the silent era, a lone pianist or a quartet may be at hand to lend incidental music to punctuate certain moods (dark! sad! suspenseful! romantic!), the talkies ushered in “optical sound”. It was reliable and mimicked the experience of real theatre – where sound was physically recorded onto the filmstrip as a waveform.

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