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Instrumental Music In The Hunger Games 2012

672 words - 3 pages

Rachael Phan
Professor Sharp
Music 355
December 1, 2013
The Hunger Games 2012
There are many pieces of instrumental music were used in the movie “The Hunger Games”, an American science fiction adventure film that was released in 2012. The movie was directed by Gary Ross and based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. All the soundtracks in the movie were scored by James Newton Howard. He is an American composer best known for his scores to motion pictures. He is one of the most popular and respected composers for cinema, and has scored over 100 films. Howard was born in Los Angeles, California in June 9, 1951. Throughout his career as a composer/musician/songwriter, he has scored films of all scales and genres, earning multiple award nominations for his work. In May 2008, he was made an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music. He replaced Danny Elfman due to a scheduling conflict for The Hunger Games (2012), and the score album for the movie which was released by Universal Republic. He is also the composer for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in 2013 under the direction of Peter Landesman.
The very first piece of instrumental music that played in the movie named “Reaping Day.” This piece of music fits right under the inciting incident of the whole story. It is played when Peeta is reaped that makes Katniss’s problem a whole lot more difficult and setting the story into motion. The lower strings portray the gravity of the situation, and build up to the emotional moment of when the first time in a very long time, Katniss and Peeta make eye contact.
Another great piece of music in the movie would be “Entering the Captitol.” There is a small use of choir in this track. The use of choral voice articulates Katniss’s feeling of uncertainty and fear at the Capitol citizen’s excitement. Similar to other Capitol scenes in the movie, the track is...

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