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Musical Aesthetics in Alex North's Score for The Bad Seed

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Title:Musical Aesthetics in Alex North's Score for The Bad Seed
Authors:Martin, Johnette M.
Contributors:McQuiston, Kate (advisor)
Music (department)
Music history
Date Issued:2020
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Abstract:The Bad Seed is an American, female-centered psychological thriller that aestheticizes attitudes toward 1950s gender roles. Director, Meryn Leroy, and composer, Alex North, tap into a fear of the young character, Rhoda as a threat, but more so, a fear for the character, Christine as a person and a mother. My work demonstrates how North contributes to female-centered film aesthetics by offering sympathetic consideration for female characters through his original music. Through critical analysis of genre-specific film and its music in the example of Mervyn Leroy’s The Bad Seed, I demonstrate aesthetic connections between Alex North’s The Bad Seed score and the psychological thriller genre.
Pages/Duration:106 pages
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Appears in Collections: M.A. - Music

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