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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Realizing the importance of musical accompaniment to the silent film, Chaplin sought to have it reproduced in every theatre exactly as he wished it.

Chzplin Theme played slowly and tragically. Tramp wanders the streets… Music: Tramp finds flowers in gutter… Music: Chaplin plays the violin in The Vagabond, 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.

W Griffith also composed some musical themes for his pictures. This shrill squeaking is used not only as a comic note itself, but as a burlesque of the talkies. Actually, from on, every town of five thousand or over had at least a three-piece orchestra — or an organ.

The famous apache dance is a paraphrase.

Chaplin as a Composer

Incidentally, Chaplin even conducted the orchestra, himself, during recordings, an added reason for the satisfying impression of wholeness in the Chaplin films. A dramatic theme introduces him and is followed by an over-dramatic agitato as he ties the suicide noose.


The theme is repeated seven times when chaplij is in hopeful moods.

He turns to the girl in the window of her classucal laughing at him… Music: But the melodies, with the exceptions noted above, used for the associations they would evoke, were composed by Chaplin. A rumba-like number accompanies the party scene where the tramp swallows the whistle. Played also behind the tragic of the picture, with its grim and fateful chords, the second has a distinct Puccini flavor.

In certain moods he is known to have fingered this expensive instrument for hours at a time. A fanfare on trumpets, over a night scene, opens the picture proper.

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 chapllin the picture itself. Violin Caprice secondary girl theme.

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.

As was customary in the scoring for silent pictures, the Wagnerian leitmotiv system chapiln followed — a distinctive musical theme associated with which character and idea.


She had two subsidiary themes, one a pathetique for scenes in her slum room, and the other a violin caprice, for her wistful moments. But who, better than Chaplin, could point up musically the tragic-comic adventures of the tramp character he himself created?

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But perhaps of no other one man can it be said that he wrote, directed, acted, and scored a motion picture. The tramp, let out of prison, searches for the blind girl. Chaplin playing the organ.

Charlie Chaplin : Chaplin as a Composer

After Chaplin made his first million, he installed a pipe organ in his Beverly Hills mansion. Chaplin rehearsing with the Abe Lyman Orchestra. The style is marked and individual. The ending of City Lights, Girl touches hand of tramp… Music: It is true that one or two of the minor numbers are reminiscent. Tramp comes to corner where Girl used to sell flowers Music: The Tramp and the Millionaire, City Lights, At least twenty numbers in the score could be published as separate and original works.