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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.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind; Film; Film Music; Jaws; John Williams; Tuba
Film and Media Studies | Fine Arts | Music
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Turner, Stephen Davis, "Of Sharks and Spaceships: The Role of the Tuba in John Williams's Film Scores for Jaws and Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (2017). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3053.
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