Music Paper Comparing these two movies with the same composer James Cameron and James Horner: Titanic (1997), Avatar (2009)


1. Watch a movie with an original score (soundtracks made only of pop or rap songs don’t often work well, but could work depending on your approach. Animated movies often work well but if it is a Disney musical describe the songs but also describe the underscoring) Tell as much as you can about the music in the film, who wrote the score, who orchestrated the score, musicians credited, who directed the movie, and whether or not any existing songs or pieces were used. Did the composer use any leitmotifs (themes) in the film to represent a person, place, emotion, etc.? In analyzing the score, examine if there is a theme, or themes that are used throughout the film. Were they transformed to fit various scenes and situations? Listen to see if the notes of the theme have been lengthened (augmented), or shortened (diminish​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‌‌‌‍​ed). Has it been fragmented (using little sections of the longer theme)? Does the composer change the way the theme sounds, happy, heroic, tragic, melancholy, or nostalgic to fit what is happening or about to happen on the screen? If so, how does the composer do it? (different instruments, tempo (speed), pitch (high or low), dynamics (loud or soft) use of major or minor, etc.) If they did transform the theme why do you think they did, and if not, why do you think they didn’t. Did you find any interviews that explain the scoring decisions. Compare the scores of two movies that have the same composer. What similarities, and or differences are there? Use some of the guidelines from the previous example. Be sure to cite any websites, articles, or interviews you used to get information. The Paper should be 3-5 pages with any citation page e​‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‌‌‌‍​xtra.