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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Tramp Theme played slowly and tragically. Actually, from on, every town of calssical thousand or over had at least a three-piece orchestra — or an organ. A dramatic theme introduces him and is followed by an over-dramatic agitato as he ties the suicide noose. This shrill squeaking is used not only as a comic note itself, but as a burlesque of the talkies. A rumba-like number accompanies the party scene where the tramp swallows the whistle.

The famous apache dance is a paraphrase.

A fanfare on trumpets, over a night scene, opens the picture proper. As was customary in the scoring for silent pictures, the Wagnerian leitmotiv system was followed — a distinctive musical theme associated with which character and idea.

The theme is repeated seven times when he is in hopeful moods. But perhaps of no other one man can it be said that classicaal wrote, directed, acted, and scored a motion picture.

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Chaplin as a Composer

He turns to the girl in the window of her shop laughing at him… Music: 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 in the picture itself. The tramp, let out of prison, searches for the blind girl. It is true that one or two of the minor numbers are reminiscent.

W Griffith also composed some musical themes for his pictures. After Chaplin made his first million, he installed a pipe organ in his Beverly Hills mansion.

Tramp finds flowers in gutter… Music: Realizing the importance of musical accompaniment to the silent film, Chaplin sought to have it reproduced in every theatre exactly as he wished it.

But the melodies, with the exceptions noted above, used for classiccal associations they would evoke, were composed by Chaplin.

Charlie Chaplin : Chaplin as a Composer

Incidentally, Chaplin even conducted the chaplun, himself, during recordings, an added reason for the satisfying impression of wholeness in the Chaplin films. Tramp comes to corner where Girl used to sell flowers Music: 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.

The ending of City Lights, Violin Caprice secondary girl theme. Chaplin rehearsing with the Abe Lyman Orchestra. 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.


Saxophone bleating, in slightly off classival with the lips, mimics the speakers at the unveiling of the moment. Classkcal playing the organ.

In similar fashion D. Girl touches hand of tramp… Music: But who, better than Chaplin, could point up musically the tragic-comic adventures of the tramp character he himself created? The Tramp and the Millionaire, City Lights, She had two subsidiary themes, one a pathetique for scenes in her slum room, and the other a violin caprice, for her wistful moments. At least twenty numbers in the score could be published as separate and original works. In certain moods he is known to have fingered this expensive instrument for hours at a time.

Played also behind the tragic of the picture, with its grim and fateful chords, the second has a distinct Puccini flavor. Chaplin plays the violin in The Vagabond, Tramp wanders the streets… Music: The style is marked and individual.