A Night at the Movies: A Work in 3 Movements to accompany 3 silent films

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Title:
A Night at the Movies: A Work in 3 Movements to accompany 3 silent films
Physical Description:
Project in lieu of thesis
Language:
English
Creator:
Boostrom, Alexander
Publisher:
College of Fine Arts; University of Florida
Place of Publication:
Gainesville, FL
Publication Date:

Thesis/Dissertation Information

Degree:
Master's ( Master of Music)
Degree Grantor:
University of Florida
Committee Chair:
Richards, Paul
Committee Members:
Koonce, Paul

Notes

Abstract:
A Night at the Movies is a suite of film scores tying seemingly unrelated films together through unified motivic ideas. I intend for the music to act as a commentary on the films. Each film portrays women in dominant and leading roles. However, because all the movies are from either 1904 or 1909, this portrayal is incredibly rare. I wish to highlight this unusual portrayal of women throughout the films and add strength to the female protagonists, making them seem like real heroes in their respective stories. This often villainizes male protagonists, but sets a tone for the importance and value of women in general, as well as of the women in these three films.
General Note:
Composition terminal project

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida Institutional Repository
Holding Location:
University of Florida
Rights Management:
Copyright Alexander Boostrom. Permission granted to the University of Florida to digitize, archive and distribute this item for non-profit research and educational purposes. Any reuse of this item in excess of fair use or other copyright exemptions requires permission of the copyright holder.
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AA00025530:00001


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A Night at the Movies A Work in 3 Movements to accompany 3 silent films By Alexander Boostrom Supervisory Committee: Paul Richards, Chair Paul Koonce, Member Project in lieu of thesis presented in the College of Fine Arts of the University of Florida in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Music University of Florida

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Abstract of Project in Lieu of Thesis Presented to the College of Fine arts of the University of Florida in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Music in Music Composition A Night at the Movies By Alexander Boostrom April 2014 Chair: Paul Richards Major: Music A Night at the Movies is a suite of film scores tying seemin gly unrelated films together through unified motivic ideas. I intend for the music to act as a commentary on the films. Each film portrays women in dominant and leading roles. However, because all the movies are from either 1904 or 1909, this portrayal is incredibly rare. I wish to highlight this unusual portrayal of women throughout the films and add strength to the female protagonists, making them seem like real heroes in their respective stories. This often villainizes male protagonists but sets a tone for the importance and value of women in general, as well as of the women in these three films.

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH Alexander Boostrom was born on November 20 19 86 in Chicago, Illinois The youngest of three boys he lived in Chicago until he was 6. The Boostrom family settled in Evansville Indiana in 199 3 I n Evansville Alexander attended Signat ure High School. During his time there he began composing as part of an independent study using the school's music technology (Sibelius ) software After months of studying scores and transcribing music, Alexander finished his first orchestral score that w on honorable mention in the National Federation of Music competition. After graduating high school in 2001, Alexander attended Lawrence University and received a Bachelor's degree of Music in Piano Performance. A t Lawrence, he studied piano with Anthony P adilla and also studied composition with Joanne Metcalf, David Dies, John Benson, and the late Jennifer Fitzgerald. In his senior piano recital, Alexander finished the concert with a composition to accompany a George Melies silent film titled "Le Locataire Diabolique." The piece met with positive responses from his professor s noticing how well Alexander matched the action in the film with musical gestures that amplified the humorous nature of the film. After graduating from Lawrence University in 2009, Al exander realized that his interest in piano was dwarfed by his love for composition. So he stud ied composition with Dr. Theresa Martin in Appleton, Wisconsin With her instruction Alexander prepared graduate school applications for music composition depar tments. While improving his skill with film music, Lawrence University produced a commercial for which Alexander composed the music. W hile in W isconsin Alexander became music director of the St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Little Chute, Wisconsin. Taking advantage of his compositional skill, he arranged music for the choirs to sing which was a fantastic opportunity to try different

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compositional techniques and to hear what worked and what did not. These years were a period of real growth, composit ionally, for Alexander. In 2012, Alexander was accepted to the University of Florida in the composition department. He saw th is as an opportunity to really focus his attention on composition and music study in the academic realm He studied with professors Dr. Paul Richards, Dr. Paul Koonce, and Dr. James Paul Sain Alexander was also a Teaching Assistant for the introductory music t heory course s under Dr. Jennifer Smith. During the two years of his Master's program, Alexander became more and more involved in writing music for movies, and studied many films and film scores. In 2013, Alexander receive d hands on experience in the musical side of the entertainment industry when he took a summer internship at National Geographic in N ew Y ork C ity He worked in th e music licensing department, getting to interact both with music production teams and film production companies that hired out the music production teams. At the end of 2013, Alexander began his Master's Thesis project by writing three film scores with t he intent of making them a suite of pieces loosely tied together by musical motives. After watching hours of fi lm, Alexander decided on three movies from different genres (action, drama, comedy) that all portrayed women in leading roles with equal importan ce to their male counterparts. Alexander completed all three movements for full orchestra in April of 2014. Alexander graduated from the University of Florida in April 2014 and is now looking forward to beginning a new chapter by getting more directly invo lved with the music side of the entertainment industry.