Award Date

May 2017

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA)

Department

Music

First Committee Member

Jonathan R. Lee

Second Committee Member

William Bernatis

Third Committee Member

Daniel Brown

Fourth Committee Member

Nathan Tanouye

Fifth Committee Member

David Loeb

Sixth Committee Member

Beth Mehocic

Number of Pages

115

Abstract

This document examines John Williams’s use of the tuba in his film scores. This unique timbral element has significant narrative implications in these movies. Film music scholarship is more often concerned with the questions of psychoanalysis, gendered readings, and other theoretical apparatuses than with how film composers score for individual instruments. My research aims to shift this focus by demonstrating that Williams used the tuba in his scores for more than typical “underscoring” or standard sectional playing, but as an integral part of the film narrative to be noticed and “read” by audiences. In both Jaws (1975) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), the role of the tuba is significant to the aural and musical framework of their storylines.

Keywords

Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Film; Film Music; Jaws; John Williams; Tuba

Disciplines

Film and Media Studies | Fine Arts | Music

Language

English


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