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Musiken i The Tudors: En audiovisuell analys av förtexterna och avsnittet Death of a Monarchy
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Education, Department of Culture and Gender studies.
2013 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The music in The Tudors : An audiovisual analysis of the opening credits and the episode Death of a Monarchy (English)
Abstract [en]

This is an analysis of the music in the television-series The Tudors (2007 – 2010). The opening credits and how death is portrayed musically in the last episode are analyzed. My question is what functions the music has. The method used is Michel Chion’s masking-method. You listen to the music, noise and speech and how diegetic and non-diegetic On/Off-screen sound is used. The opening credits of the first season evokes the spirit of the time of King Henry VIII and shows that the series will address topics like religion, power, money, love and war. The melody, the use of modern drums and classical instruments makes the music capturing. Non-diegetic music and speech dominates the soundtrack during the first season. From the second season and on the speech is excluded. The music is important enough in itself. In the episode about death diegetic noise and speech are more important. The non-diegetic music gives feelings of nostalgia, anger and regrets over mistakes in the past. The music evokes a sad feeling because of its slow and somber tempo. I conclude that the functions of the music are to evoke and strengthen feelings of the spectator.

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2013. , 31 p.
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Studies on Film
URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-26108Local ID: FV:1OAI: diva2:602221
Subject / course
Film Studies
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2013-02-06 Created: 2013-01-31 Last updated: 2013-02-06Bibliographically approved

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