The Lion King Essay

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For the Final paper I decide to take four of the major songs on The Lion King soundtrack and compared it to the broadway musical; in terms of the musical melody, rhythm and harmony. The Lion King a children's version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, with the use of it secular music and strong Africanism, it has become one of the most influential stories. There is a lot of difference when it comes to the soundtrack and the on Broadway musical even if the story is the same. They may be the same songs written, however the texture, harmony, instruments, melodies and syllables of the songs are predominantly different when compare to each other.
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Though the song of the film is not to be considered weak, it is not as strong as the musical but is more about the harmony of the singers than the tone.
One of the two strong, but playful song in both the musical and film is “I Just Can’t Wait to be King” , written by Tim Rice, music by Elton John and produce by Mark Mancina. In the film it started off with a very color rhythmic drums, following by conversational type singing between a young Simba and Zazu. Again the film continues with its main theme of harmonizing it chorus singers on the same scale more like a homorhythm (the same rhythm in all parts, more like a hymn), there is not much polyphony in this part of the soundtrack. In contrast, the musical changes the voice of Simba to a female and keep Zazu as a male. Bring forward the feelings of a dominant female voice that can over power the male voice of Zazu, yet at the same time it does not sound as feminine as the singing voice of Nala. Again we can find the conversational tone between the Simba and Zazu, while having the colorful accompaniment of the instruments give a visionary measurement of the scenes, which moves away from bolder sound of “The Circle of Life”.
Another very color, bold, refreshing, comedic and yet inspiring polyphony song in both is “Hakuna Matata”, written by Tim Rice, music by Elton John, composed by Mark Mancina and Jay Rifkin. As the song say it means no worries, and the song plays very well on this theme. Whereas in the musical it follows the same theme, but a more conversational range with the music following a binary form as the young Simba grows from a young cub to an adult lion. Yet at the same time the chorus is following a bar form to keep the hymns in line.
As the film and musical goes on we move from strong, bold songs to dark, ominous, forboding and evil of “Be Prepared”( written by Tim Rice, music by Elton John, and composed by Hans Zimmer) sung by the character Scar. In the Film I considered this to be one of the more darker song on the whole track, yet at the same time is could be consider almost conversation comedic song. As...

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