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Date of Graduation

Spring 2014

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Music (BM)


School of Music


J. Randall Wheaton

Jonathan B. Gibson

Gary Fagan


This study is a survey and analysis of modern soundtrack pieces accompanying recent movies. I will analyze the form and chord progressions within the scores to better understand the role each musical element plays in the piece. Then, I will compare these details to find common themes to see if they correspond more to the Western classical tradition, or to modern pop music, and how each textural element enhances its visual counterpart. This paper is an attempt to define and understand the formal procedures are common across the audio that accompanies modern movies.



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